A man faces a murder charge after police say he shot and killed an employee in the lobby of a popular Miami Beach hotel early Friday after he was denied entry to the nightclub. hotel, police said.
Miami Beach police said the shooting took place just after midnight at the Clevelander Hotel at 1020 Ocean Drive.
Officers responded and found a man lying in a pool of blood with apparent gunshot wounds in the hotel lobby. The victim was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she later died.
An arrest report said the victim, Dion David Moore, 50, worked at the hotel reception.
According to witnesses and hotel surveillance footage, the suspect, Brandon Kortez Burris, 29, attempted to sneak into the Clevelander nightclub through the hotel lobby, according to the report.
After several failed attempts, Moore approached and asked Burris to leave the hotel, according to the report.
The two got into a verbal argument and at one point Burris threw a punch at Moore which missed, according to the report.
Moore began to back away and that’s when Burris pulled a gun from his belt and opened fire on Moore, who was shot more than six times, according to the report.
Burris fled the scene on foot but was found by officers in the area of 11th Street and Washington Avenue, the report said. A gun was in his belt when he was taken into custody, according to the report.
Burris, of North Miami, faces a charge of second degree murder with a weapon. Attorney information was not available.
Aerial footage from the scene showed a section of the hotel pool sealed off with yellow crime scene tape on Friday morning.
Hotel management released a statement on Friday calling it a “tragic shooting.”
“We are devastated by the tragedy that occurred in the lobby of the Clevelander Hotel around midnight Thursday evening. One of our valued employees lost their life unnecessarily,” the statement read. “We are cooperating fully with the Miami Beach Police Department as they conduct a thorough investigation and we defer to them for further comment. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of all guests and employees. of the Clevelander Hotel.”
The shooting remains under investigation.
“It’s extremely unfortunate to see what’s happening all over Dade County and all of South Florida and it’s a crazy example,” Miami Beach Commissioner Alex Fernandez said. “How can we expect something like this to happen in our community? No one should expect this to happen in our community.”
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