Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber Says Latest Shooting Is Proof City Needs 2 A.M. Last Call – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber says a weekend shootout is further evidence that one final call needs to be resumed at 2 a.m.
A video from a CBS4 News viewer was taped shortly after the shooting and shows the police coming to help the injured victim.
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The video was recorded on Saturday at around 4 a.m. from the roof of the Voodoo Lounge.
According to police, 30-year-old Densil Hislop shot and killed the victim near Ocean Drive and 9 Street after they discussed a disagreement years ago.
After the shooting, Hislop allegedly pursued the victim and then ran away, but he later admitted the shooting.
Shawn David Whitesell, 18, was also arrested after multiple attempts to break into the scene of the shooting and disrupt the investigation.
He told the officers to look for his friend.
Gelber is outraged by what happened.
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“It happened around 4 a.m. right in the area where the people who said they wanted to pour schnapps all night long.
Gelber said the solution is the recently dejected decision to stop alcohol sales at 2 a.m. in the South Beach entertainment district.
A court ruled in favor of companies that are allowed to serve alcohol again until 5 a.m.
“I had it with this ‘We have the right to party as late and as hard as we want.’ That has to come to an end in this area, ”said Gelber. “It puts our police officers, our visitors, our residents at risk and we have to stop it.”
The original resolution was taken in May to stop violence and rowdy behavior after the area experienced a wild spring break.
Mayor Gelber said the crime magnet is between 8th and 11th Streets along Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue.
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Gelber tells CBS4 News that the city is working on a number of solutions, including planning to hire dozens of new officials, allow six new hired officials to enforce laws for the area only, and change the zoning regime to include not just bars but also attract offices or businesses in the area.