11 people questioned in connection with Sunny Isles Beach shooting
Man killed, woman and boy injured in shooting outside Trump resort
SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. – Eleven people were detained for questioning after a fatal shooting Sunday outside the Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, authorities confirmed Monday.
Witnesses said the shooting began about 1:30 p.m. when two groups of rappers got into an argument outside the resort and exchanged gunfire.
Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta confirmed that rap artist, Kendrell DeSean Gaulden, a.k.a. NBA YoungBoy, along with a group of people, were leaving the resort when a black Cadillac Escalade opened fire, striking Kaylyn Marie Long, 19, and grazing a 5-year-old boy who was a guest at the hotel.
Witnesses said Long is the rapper's girlfriend. The rapper was scheduled to perform Sunday at the Rolling Loud Music Festival.
Zabaleta said 11 people were detained, including four men in a silver GMC Yukon that left Sunny Isles Beach before trying to enter the parking lot at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, where the Rolling Loud Music Festival was being held.
No arrests have been made, however.
Zabaleta said detectives are reviewing surveillance video from the Trump resort, which confirmed the shooting came from the valet area.
He said the video shows several shooters who were "running all over the place."
"You see people running in, bum-rushing your restaurant. They're running for cover and all you could do was provide it," Zeta Bourne, who works at a nearby BurgerFi restaurant, said.
According to Zabaleta, Long, 19, was shot in the shoulder and taken to Aventura Hospital.
Zabaleta said the Escalade fled the scene after the shooting. He said detectives have confirmed that a black Chevrolet Suburban that was stopped in Sunny Isles Beach was taking Long to the hospital.
Another victim, identified as Mohamad Jradi, 43, was fatally shot in the head.
According to Zabaleta, a rental minivan had just been returned to the Hertz office on Collins Avenue and Jradi, who was a Hertz employee, was backing the vehicle up to the area where it could be processed just before the shooting. Zabaleta said Jradi turned his head and was fatally shot.
Since Jradi was unable to put his foot on the brake, the minivan continued backing up until it bumped into a parked car and came to a rest, authorities said.
"This is very, very, very shocking for all of us," Elina Oyon, who knew Jradi, told Local 10 News reporter Andrew Perez. "And we still feel it. It's kind of depressing. The whole day today doesn't feel right."
"We are absolutely at a loss for words for what happened to him. He was an innocent victim," Sunny Isles Beach Mayor George Scholl said.
The 5-year-old boy who was grazed by a stray bullet was treated at the scene by paramedics.
"We are deeply saddened by the incident that took place in our community yesterday and are grateful for the swift action of local law enforcement and first responders," a statement released Monday on behalf of Trump International Beach Resort said. "As the investigation is ongoing, we are unable to comment further at this time."
Aventura police said in a statement that they were investigating a second shooting that may be related to the incident at Trump International Beach Resort.
The American Red Cross is working with a mental health group to offer counseling services for those affected by the shooting.
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