Man arrested in fatal shooting outside West Little River barber shop

Police say Adrian Dorta Martinez killed owner of barber shop after fight

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Ian Margol - Reporter

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - An argument outside a barber shop led to a fatal shooting Tuesday afternoon in West Little River.

Adrian Dorta Martinez, 46, was arrested Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

The shooting occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m. outside Luigi's Clippers Barber Shop on Northwest 95th Street.

According to a Miami-Dade police report, the owner of the barber shop, Juan Luis Martinez, who is known as Luigi to his family and friends, was shot to death after an ongoing feud with a neighbor, who is Dorta Martinez's father, turned physical.

Witnesses said the altercation was over loud music coming from the barber shop.

Police said Dorta Martinez drove to the barber shop in a gray Hyundai Santa Fe and confronted the victim, at which time a fight ensued.

Juan Luis Martinez was fatally shot July 16 outside his barbershop in West Little River, Miami-Dade police said.

Someone broke up the fight, but Dorta Martinez went to his car, pulled out a gun and shot the victim, police said.

The 35-year-old victim managed to run away and tried to hide, but Dorta Martinez drove around the block, got out of his car and shot the victim multiple times.

Luis Martinez was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said the entire shooting was recorded on the barber shop's surveillance cameras.

Dorta Martinez was being held without bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. 

His mother told Local 10 News in Spanish that the shooting was justified.

"If you have your father and they do bad things to your father, you're going to go ahead and defend him," she said. 

A GoFundMe page has been created to help the victim's family transport his body to the Dominican Republic so that he can be laid to rest in his homeland. 

"He's the type of guy that would walk into a room and just light up the place," Luis Martinez's cousin, Juan Reyes, said. "He would see you with your head down, he would ask you what's wrong. He would do anything he could, take his shirt off his back, to make you smile."

Luis Martinez is known on Instagram by his handle, La Garata Films, which is a well-known Dominican comedy account boasting nearly 200,000 followers. 

Reyes said his cousin leaves behind a 5-year-old daughter. 

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