Family devastated after man shot in Miami Beach during spring break
Witness says Antoinne Decade, 20, shot during fight with another man
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The city of Miami Beach is expected to roll out a comprehensive plan to deal with spring break moving forward after two people were shot over the weekend and numerous people were arrested after parties on the beach got out of control.
Police said Antoinne Decade, 20, was fatally shot shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday along Ocean Drive at 10th Street, near the Clevelander hotel.
"I don't know. It's shocking and very devastating," Decade's cousin, Ayana Lucerne, said.
"When you kill somebody's child like that, how do you feel? What kind of heart did you have to take somebody's life like that?" the victim's mother, Wilda Decade, said.
According to his mother, Decade was in South Beach Saturday night to celebrate his older brother's birthday. But Decade would not survive the night out, after being shot in the chest.
"It was two guys fighting," witness Ricardo Agnant said. "They started fighting and one pulled out a gun and shot the other one."
Decade was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"I don't know why the person do something like that," Wilda Decade said. "I could understand you have (a) problem with him, but not to shoot him to death."
A second shooting was reported at 12:58 a.m. Sunday along the 700 block of Ocean Court, police said.
Shell casings were found at the scene, but police don't have evidence that anyone was shot, and no suspects or victims have been identified.
No arrests have been made in either shooting. One person of interest in Decade's shooting was questioned and released.
The shootings were reported as a spring break crowd hit Miami Beach in overwhelming numbers this past weekend, catching the city off guard and causing officials to call in reinforcements.
Videos have since popped up on social media, showing partygoers clashing with police and fighting with each other.
A handful of people arrested appeared in court Monday to face charges of resisting arrest, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
The city is also dealing with the mess left behind on Miami Beach's sand, as trash lines the shore for as far as the eye can see.
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