A security guard was shot and killed and two others wounded in a shooting at a Miami Gardens adult club.
Family members said that the shooting claimed the life of 34-year-old David Hilbert. He had worked as a security guard at night at the club for more than two years and was married and had at least one child.
“He just lost his life for no reason,” said the security guard’s cousin, Roberta Hilbert. “It happened over stupid stuff.”
Just after 4 a.m. Tuesday, police received word of the shooting at the Mint Lounge, Northwest 187th Street and 27th Avenue.
“There was an argument outside of the establishment which led to multiple shots being fired,” Miami Gardens police Detective Michael Wright said.
Two men who were shot were taken to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, according to police.
At the scene, a tarp-covered body lay in between two cars in the club’s parking lot. Police searched the area with flashlights. Shell casings and evidence markers dotted the street in front of the lounge, across from the new police headquarters and City Hall.
Family members say Hilbert was passionate about his job as a security guard.
“He was a fun type family man. He was just a person that believed in working, just a hard working person,” Roberta Hilbert said.
It’s not clear whether David Hilbert was involved in the fight or just trying to break it up.
Mint Lounge has had trouble in the past.
In March 2015, an argument that started at the club led to a man being shot dead later in the night.
In 2010, one man was killed, two others injured when an argument led to gunfire.
Hilbert’s great aunt, Lannie Hilbert, said, “This is very bad. If anyone knows anything, they should come forward. This was not right.”
Miami Gardens police said they are looking at surveillance tape to see if that can help them with this case.