Miami Beach Shooting
Published: March 15, 2016
Miami Beach Shooting, A grief-stricken mother broke down in tears as she demanded an explanation behind her son’s shooting.
“I don’t know why! For a fight to turn into a death? I don’t know why! Why does it have to be like this?” said Wilda Decade, her voice hoarse as loved ones held her. “Please! Help! Help! Because I can’t take it anymore.”
Police are still searching for a shooter, after a South Florida spring break destination turned into a crime scene. According to police, a fight broke out and shots rang out, leaving one man dead.
The victim, later identified as 20-year-old Antoinne Decade, was shot in the chest along the 900 block of Ocean Drive, Sunday, just before 1 a.m., said Miami Beach Police.
According to reports and Antoinne’s family, he was celebrating his older brother’s birthday when a fight broke out. Police described a large spring break crowd when the shots went off. Cell phone video captured the scuffle.
Witness Emily Medlin said the shooting happened quickly and unexpectedly. “They started moving so fast. Everybody was just moving so fast,” she said.
“Anybody hears gunshots, the first thing for us to do is duck, dodge, run,” said witness Seneca Patterson.
Police said Antoinne walked to a nearby officer and collapsed. He was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center, where he later died.
“My son didn’t deserve to die. I don’t deserve that,” said Wilda.
Officers were in the area at the time of the shooting, but they were unable to apprehend the suspect. Cellphone video posted on social media captured the scene as police began their investigation.
Investigators later located and interviewed a person of interest. They said all parties involved in the shooting are Miami-Dade residents and are known to each other.
Wilda said her son survived being shot three times back in 2011 and leaves behind a young child. “He was back alive now! That person have the nerve to shoot him! He has a son! I don’t know what to tell his son. What now? ‘Cause he’s asking for him,” she said.
A second shooting occurred just before 1 a.m. on the 700 block of Ocean Court. However, no victims were found when officers arrived.
As police continued their investigation Sunday afternoon, things returned to normal on South Beach. For Wilda, however, she said she will not be at peace until her son’s shooter is in custody. “Please, if anybody knows something, come forward, call police,” she said.
If you have any information on either shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
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