Man arrested in fatal shooting outside nightclub in Miami

Fridnel Jean-Phillip argues with group inside club before shooting, police say

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MIAMI - A convicted felon was arrested Thursday in connection with a fatal shooting outside a nightclub in Miami.

According to an arrest warrant, Fridnel Jean-Phillip, 25, was inside the El Nuevo Romance Restaurant & Nightclub early on Sept. 10 when he got into an argument with someone.

Police said Jean-Phillip and the other person, whose identity has not been released, left the club at Northwest 36th Street and 35th Avenue with their groups and continued their verbal argument.

Surveillance video shows Jean-Phillip going to his car to grab a gun and firing it at the other group, police said.

Police said the other person returned fire and Jean-Phillip fled the scene.

Officers found Michael Tito Lorenzo, 24, lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the face. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A witness told detectives that Jean-Phillip fired the shot that struck Lorenzo.

Three other people were also struck by bullets and were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center.

Police said a man also broke his leg after jumping a fence to get away from the shooting.

Jean-Phillip was arrested Thursday on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

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