Prosecutors say they will continue to investigate a suspect in a teen nightclub shooting, even though a Miami-Dade judge released him from jail for lack of evidence.
Jamiroquai Young, 16, was arrested Tuesday and charged with more than a dozen felonies in connection with the shooting that left 15 people wounded at The Spot, a Liberty City nightclub.
But Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Orlando Prescott, of the juvenile division, released Young, saying authorities didn’t have enough evidence to keep him behind bars.
Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said he was confident it was a good arrest.
“In cases like this, we don’t make arrests just to make arrests. We clear it through the State Attorney’s Office,” he said.
A spokesman for the State Attorney’s Office said prosecutors would continue to pursue evidence and suspects in the case.
Young initially was arrested on one count of attempted murder and 14 counts of aggravated battery. Police say he got into a fight earlier with a 15-year-old, identified only as “T.S.,” on the campus at Norland High. Later, at The Spot club, police say Young pointed out the rival to his pal, Will Campbell, 16, who shot him point-blank in the stomach.
In the ensuing melee, Campbell unleashed a flurry of rounds, wounding 14 others, before escaping with Young, police said.
Miami police arrested Campbell on Monday. Police said the two grew up together at a Miami housing project known as “The Graveyard.”
Even though they denied knowing each other, police said they went on Facebook for proof that they did know each other. On their pages, they’re listed as friends and cops said they found a picture of the two together.
Campbell used the name Pablo Headshot Escobar on his Facebook page.
On Sept. 28, around 1 a.m., shots rang out at The Spot, a restaurant licensed for up to 50 people. When it was all done, 15 people were hit, in ages ranging from 11 to 25. The club had been offering teen nights for weeks, perhaps months, before the shooting. Kids are allowed at The Spot, even though it serves alcohol.
Last week, the manager, Tiffany Johnson, was cited for distributing alcohol with only a beer and wine license, and for buying beer at the nearby Presidente Supermarket.
The Operation Safe Club Task Force recommended removing The Spot’s occupational license, in essence shutting it down.