Crime

Second teen charged in Miami nightclub shooting

Fifteen people were shot at The Spot at 1 a.m. Sept. 28. Miami police announced an arrest on Monday.
Fifteen people were shot at The Spot at 1 a.m. Sept. 28. Miami police announced an arrest on Monday. Miami Herald File

Before William Devon Campbell opened fire in a crowded teen nightclub two weeks ago, Miami police say his friend Jamiroquai Young pointed out the rival he wanted dead.

On Tuesday morning, Miami police pulled Young out of Norland Senior High School, took him into custody and charged him with first-degree attempted murder and 14 counts of being an accessory after the fact.

Young, 16, was the second teenager arrested in two days in connection with the Sept. 28 shooting spree that outraged locals and stunned police, not only because of the sheer number of victims, but because of their ages.

Most were teenagers. Two victims were 11 and 13. The oldest was 25.

Campbell, 17, was arrested Monday, charged with attempted murder and 14 counts of aggravated battery. They also are looking for a third suspect who they believe drove Young and Campbell away from the scene.

“This kid wasn’t driving,” Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said of Young. “We’re still looking for the car and weapon. We believe there was somebody in a car that took them there and took them back.”

In the panic of the 1 a.m. shooting, the crowd that had gathered at The Spot nightclub at Northwest 64th Street and Seventh Avenue fled through back and front exits. Police say Campbell, and possibly others, fired at least three dozen rounds into the crowd.

They believe the shooting continued on the street after Young and Campbell jumped into a getaway car driven by a third person. Since the shooting, all but a 15-year-old victim whom police say Young wanted shot have been released from the hospital.

He remains in Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition with internal injuries to his kidney, spleen and stomach. Police only identify him in public records as “T.S.” They believe “T.S.” was targeted after getting into a fight with Young at Norland High.

“Something occurred at Norland between the guy in the hospital and one of the two,” said Miami police Detective Frederica Burden. “I don’t know what happened, but it spilled over to the club.”

Police said Young and Campbell grew up together in a hardscrabble housing project near the McArthur Dairy milk factory on Northeast 71st Street and Second Avenue. It’s known as “The Graveyard.”

Though the teens denied knowing each other during police interrogations, police said they listed each other as friends on their Facebook pages and displayed pictures of them together. They were eventually identified by witnesses.

Campbell’s name on his Facebook page, police said: Pablo Headshot Escobar.

Police, fearing the teens might turn on each other since the arrests, offered this ominous warning on Tuesday in small letters near the bottom of Young’s arrest affidavit: “Do not house with co-defendant for safety.”

Police said Campbell has been kicked out of Jackson and Central high schools for fighting, possessing marijuana, carrying a knife and truancy. He has one arrest, for resisting with violence last year, state records show. He waived his appearance in court Tuesday, and is expected to be charged as an adult.

State records don’t show any priors for Young.

The Spot, where the shooting happened, is known more commonly to locals as The Caribbean Spot. Only in the past few weeks or months had it been turned into a gathering place for local teenagers. Though the club has been closed since the shooting, it had been gaining popularity through word-of-mouth and fliers.

Despite outrage over the age of visitors to The Spot, it’s a licensed restaurant that can seat up to 50 people where kids are allowed. What they’re not allowed to do is drink. Police are still investigating whether there was under age drinking going on the night of the incident.

Manager Tiffany Johnson was cited last week for distributing alcohol with only a beer and wine license, and for buying beer at Presidente Supermarket instead of through a legal distributor. The citation, which also came with a recommendation to close The Spot, was issued by the Operation Safe Club Task Force, comprised of Miami code enforcement, police and state Alcohol, Tobacco and Beverage workers.

Johnson’s 13-year-old daughter was one of the shooting victims. Police believe the 11-year-old was her friend.

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