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Rapper AAB Hellabandz shot to death in Miami Beach over the weekend, cops say

Miami Beach police have identified the person who was killed in a shooting over the weekend as 24-year-old rapper AAB Hellabandz.

According to Miami Beach spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez, detectives spent early Saturday morning investigating the gunfire that happened along the 200 block of Española Way. Hellabandz, whose legal name is Ameer Golston, died on the scene. He was a rapper based in Chicago.

Suspects fled in as many as three cars and that two other men were also shot but were in stable condition, according to detectives.

Police say one of their officers heard shots around 2 a.m. and arrived at the scene to see “a potential subject vehicle” not far from the scene of the shooting. Someone driving another car took off, leading to a police chase in which officers saw one of the passengers in that second car flash a firearm. But officers lost sight of that getaway car.

A third car was located near 83rd Street and Collins Avenue and that one took off, too, leading to a chase in which two Miami Beach police cars crashed near 91st Street and Harding Avenue.

“Thankfully, the officers only suffered minor injuries,” Rodriguez said.

The men in that car got away, as well.

The scene Saturday morning, May 11, 2019, as Miami Beach police investigators gather evidence on Española Way between Collins and Washington after an early morning shooting that left one man dead. Flor Paz El Nuevo Herald

“We have a lot of work ahead of us,” Rodriguez said.

Detectives were gathering evidence and Española Way between Collins and Washington was closed.

A block away, the Española corridor is an architecturally-charming stretch of outdoor cafés, restaurants, and a setting for video shoots, which over the years has included projects for Elton John and Don Johnson.

“I was with a few friends drinking, and I didn’t know if it was gunshots or fireworks at first, so I stepped out and looked around. That’s when I saw the people running towards me,” someone who was out for the night on South Beach told WSVN7.

By the afternoon police had no one in custody and the investigation remained “very active,” Rodriguez said.

Police plan to release the names of the shooting victims once next of kin notifications are made, Rodriguez said.

Have information? Call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477 or online at

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Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.
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