The mayor of Miami Beach has announced a city-wide curfew after two fatal shootings occurred over the weekend, The Hill reported.
On Friday night, at around 10:40 P.M., a shooting occurred, sending two people to a nearby hospital. One later died from his injuries while the other continues to be in a critical condition. Early Sunday morning, at about 3:30 A.M., another shooting occurred, leaving one man dead and the other severely wounded. Though police have confirmed that the two incidents were “targeted and isolated,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber announced a curfew as the popular spring break destination has an influx of out-of-city visitors.
“While most may come here to enjoy the amenities of Miami Beach, the overwhelming volume of visitors, a few that come with bad intentions in the presence of guns creates a wholly intolerable situation,” Gelber said in a video message to residents.
The curfew will start at 11:59 P.M., and end at 6 A.M. this Thursday through Monday. The curfew will require businesses to close by midnight, but will not apply to those traveling back and forth from work nor the residents of the city going to or from their homes. Hotels can remain open only for those who are guests.
“As I’ve said many times, we don’t ask for spring break in our city,” Gelber explained. “We don’t want spring break in our city. It’s too rowdy, brings too much disorder, and it’s simply too difficult to police.”