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Man charged with shooting at a taxi in South Beach

Dontavious Johnson.
Dontavious Johnson. Miami-Dade County Corrections

Miami Beach police arrested and charged a man with firing a handgun at an occupied taxi in South Beach on Saturday night.

The incident, which caused a temporary street closure in an already-crowded party scene amid a busy Memorial Day weekend in the Beach, happened around 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Sixth Street and Collins Avenue. Police say 25-year-old Dontavious Johnson fired several rounds from a semi-automatic handgun at an occupied taxi van at the intersection.

The police report says surveillance video shows a man bolting from the taxi. It's unclear whether he was injured from the gunshots. Police have not located him. Johnson then ran after another person while brandishing the gun, cornering the person in a liquor store. A Miami-Dade School Board police officer witnessed the last incident and attempted to arrest Johnson, but he fled. Cops later found him and arrested him without incident.

Johnson later confessed, according to the police report. Four people were detained Saturday night, including Johnson. Johnson was arrested and charged while the other three were released.

He was charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, resisting an officer without violence and criminal mischief, according to the police report.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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