Second suspect arrested in North Miami barbershop shooting

Shooting reported outside First Klass Barbershop

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor
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Mackenson Cherisme

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. - A second suspect was arrested Wednesday more than a year after a man was critically injured in a shooting at a North Miami barbershop.

The shooting was reported shortly before 1:30 p.m. on May 28, 2016, at First Klass Barbershop at 1035 NE 135th St.

The accused gunman, Lesley Nicolas, 32, was arrested June 22, 2016, on charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He is being held at the Pre-Trial Detention Center without bail.

Mackenson Cherisme, 20, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant on an attempted murder charge.

According to the arrest warrant, a witness identified Cherisme and Nicolas as the suspects who attacked a man as he was getting out of his car outside the barbershop.

Police said surveillance video showed Cherisme holding a gun while he and Nicolas confronted the victim, identified as Williamson St. Hilarie, 36.

Police said the suspects struck and punched St. Hilarie, and Cherisme handed the gun to Nicolas, who shot the victim in the abdomen.

Police said the duo ran to Nicolas' car, but Nicolas handed the keys to Cherisme and ran away from the scene as Cherisme drove off.

St. Hilarie was taken by ambulance to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he underwent surgery.

Detectives said the shooting was premeditated but did not disclose a motive for the shooting.

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