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Tourist shot dead near Ocean Drive cafe. Breakfast continues during investigation

People continue to eat breakfast Sunday morning next to a shooting investigation at he News Cafe on Ocean Drive.
People continue to eat breakfast Sunday morning next to a shooting investigation at he News Cafe on Ocean Drive. dneal@miamiherald.com

A visiting New Yorker was killed early Sunday in a shooting that sent bullets flying around South Beach’s 24-hour staple News Cafe.

The victim was shot twice around 7 a.m. and taken to Ryder trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he died. The investigation closed the area around Eighth Street and Ocean Drive — the corner on which the News Cafe has sat since 1988 — to traffic most of Sunday morning.

Ten florescent lime-green cones marked the spots of bullet shells. Six were on Eighth Street, 10 to 15 from the corner. One sat on the Ocean Drive sidewalk in front of the News Cafe.

In addition to bottles of hot sauce, ketchup and sparkling water and several glasses, a circular table for two had a cone under it and a cone atop it. Behind the table, a bullet put a hole and a web of cracks in a sliding glass door.

Police say they are looking for three men in a newer model Jeep Grand Cherokee with tinted windows. The name of the victim was not released because his family was still being notified.

The shooting investigation didn’t seem to affect Sunday’s breakfast service other than cutting down the number of available tables.

Manager Victor Pacheco said News Cafe management would’ve closed the entire restaurant, but Miami Beach police told him it wasn’t necessary because the shooting happened on the corner.

The crime scene tape wrapped around the restaurant’s original building and bar. Investigators did their combing and photographing in the sealed-off part of the cafe while diners had breakfast and coffee at the tables outside the tape, in front of the building next door to which the News expanded in the late 1990s.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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