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Man dies after shooting on Ocean Drive in South Beach

A Miami Beach Police vehicle is parked on the pathway between Ocean Drive and the beach at Ninth Street on Saturday afternoon, March 12, 2016. Spring Break 2016 was relaxed Saturday afternoon. On Friday evening, police shut down Ocean Drive between Seventh and 10th Streets for more than an hour due to safety concerns because of beach crowds spilling onto the road.
A Miami Beach Police vehicle is parked on the pathway between Ocean Drive and the beach at Ninth Street on Saturday afternoon, March 12, 2016. Spring Break 2016 was relaxed Saturday afternoon. On Friday evening, police shut down Ocean Drive between Seventh and 10th Streets for more than an hour due to safety concerns because of beach crowds spilling onto the road. mhalper@miamiherald.com

A chaotic night on South Beach — which began with a fight that led to a deadly shooting — made way for a calmer day with fewer spring breakers packing the streets, according to police.

“Sunday has been peaceful,” said Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesman for Miami Beach Police. “We have had no issues and significantly smaller crowds.”

But the day didn’t start off that way.

Police said Antoinne Decade, 20, was killed just before 1 a.m. Sunday when he was shot in the chest on the 900 block of Ocean Drive.

Miami Herald news partner CBS4 reported that a fistfight broke out in front of the Breakwater Hotel before the shooting.

Rodriguez said Decade was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

“Large spring break crowds were present when the event occurred,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “Officers were in the immediate vicinity and responded to promptly render aid to the victim and seal off the crime scene.”

Police on Sunday afternoon said they have located “a person of interest” who may have information about the shooting. He added that the “parties involved are residents of Miami-Dade County and are known to each other.”

Miami Beach police also are looking into a second shooting 18 minutes later two blocks south on Ocean Drive.

“At this time, we have found shell casings but have no evidence that anyone was hit and no suspects or victims identified,” Rodriguez said.

The shooting shut down a stretch of Ocean Drive between 9th and 10th streets during spring break weekend celebrations, but access was open again before 8 a.m. Sunday.

On Friday, a crowd of spring breakers shut down a portion of Ocean Drive, resulting in a few arrests but no serious injuries. Saturday was calmer.

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