Miami Beach imposes a midnight curfew after the second deadly shooting in Spring Break

(CNN) The city of Miami Beach has declared a state of emergency and a midnight curfew following two fatal shootings and “oversized and unruly crowds,” according to a city press release.

“In response to the two shootings and the excessively large and unruly crowds, and to mitigate dangerous and illegal behavior, the City of Miami Beach has issued a state of emergency and a 11:59 p.m. curfew effective Sunday, 19th 2023 through Monday.” , March 20, 2023, 6 a.m.,” read the release. “The city will hold a special commission meeting Monday afternoon to discuss possible restrictions beyond Monday.”

The city manager also plans to impose additional restrictions from March 23 to March 27, according to the press release.

Violence erupted in the popular South Beach area on Friday during both St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and Spring Break festivities, killing one person and injuring another, authorities said. Four firearms were found at the scene, police said.

Additionally, one person was fatally shot and another injured, according to a Miami Beach Police Department tweet early Sunday morning.

“At 3:29 a.m. Sunday, March 19, Miami Beach police officers heard gunshots near 11 Street and Ocean Drive and located a man with gunshot wounds along the 1000 block of Ocean Drive,” the tweet reads. “The man was taken to the Ryder Trauma Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he later died. A second victim was injured but was treated at the scene and discharged.”

Last year, the city of Miami Beach also imposed a midnight curfew after two spring break shootings. The night curfew expired at 12:01 a.m. ET Thursday and expired at 6 a.m. ET Monday morning.

“I’m at my wits end trying to figure out how to deal with this crowd, with the numbers that are here and with what we’re encountering while policing this particular event,” said Richard Clements, Miami Police Chief Beach the time.


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