Love triangle may have led to Miami Beach high-rise shooting, police say

Richard Petik, 40, found dead in Flamingo South Beach South Tower


MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A love triangle may have led up to a fatal shooting at a Miami Beach high-rise last week, police said.

Police said Richard Petik, 40, was shot Friday morning at the Flamingo South Beach apartment building.

The shooting was reported about 9 a.m. at 1500 Bay Road.

According to an incident report, officers found Petik dead inside the South Tower with several spent shell casings near him.

Police said a person of interest, who is a doctor, was found in the south end of the second-floor bridge and immediately surrendered to responding officers.

A man who claimed to have known Petik told Local 10 News that Petik was a former Army ranger. Angelo Gotsis said the victim had recently gotten into a rough lifestyle and had become addicted to drugs.

The man said he initially thought Petik may have been targeted as a result of his new lifestyle.

Gotsis said Petik was shot in the head. Petik has been arrested in the past on charges that included battery and disorderly conduct.

No other people inside the building were injured.

Police have not made any arrests in the case.

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