Crime

North Miami Beach man arrested in connection with shooting

ON THE SCENE: North Miami Beach police officers investigate a shooting Monday near Northeast 159th Street between 13th and 12th avenues. The injured suspect’s car crashed in an alley after leaving the scene.
ON THE SCENE: North Miami Beach police officers investigate a shooting Monday near Northeast 159th Street between 13th and 12th avenues. The injured suspect’s car crashed in an alley after leaving the scene. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Police arrested a North Miami Beach man Tuesday in connection with a shootout behind a group of North Miami Beach homes.

Nel Lalanne, 21, was charged with premeditated attempted murder with a firearm, discharging a firearm from a moving vehicle, shooting into an occupied conveyance and grand theft of a firearm, according to North Miami Beach police.

Police determined that Lalanne, who was shot in the stomach, buttocks and head, started the shooting in an alley about 10:30 a.m. Monday, targeting Kevin Virgile as he was returning to his home at 1285 NE 159th St. after dropping off his girlfriend at work. As Virgile got out of his car, Lalanne, sitting in a green, rental Toyota Tercel, began firing. Virgile, who was not injured, returned fire, striking Lalanne three times.

“It sounds like one gentleman was just coming back to his home, and he returned fire,” said North Miami Beach police Maj. Kathy Katerman.

After being hit, Lalanne drove his car west along the alley before crashing at the end of the tiny street. He got out of the car, police said, and made his way to the front of a home on the edge of the alley and along Northeast 12th Avenue.

“He went to the door of the house and he kind of dropped right there,” Katerman said.

Lalanne was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where he remained in critical but stable condition Tuesday. The firearm Lalanne used in the shooting was stolen in August, police said. Lalanne had been previously charged with possession of marijuana.

Miami Herald staff writer Charles Rabin contributed to this report.

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