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Gun attack at Grumpy’s Bar caught on video

Surveillance video captures gunman attacking bar patrons

Surveillance video of alleged gunman Leon Hillman, 38, attacking patrons at Grumpy's Bar and Grill in South Miami-Dade in June 2014.
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Surveillance video of alleged gunman Leon Hillman, 38, attacking patrons at Grumpy's Bar and Grill in South Miami-Dade in June 2014.

Outside Grumpy’s Bar and Grill, a skinny man in a tank top rushes the front door, a black rifle in hand. Terrified patrons scatter. Gunshots erupt.

A man in a red shirt and shorts collapses in the doorway. As the gunman looms over him, the assault-style rifle appears to jam. The victim crawls inside the bar filled with stunned drinkers.

The video from the bar near Homestead in South Miami-Dade shows alleged gunman Leon Hillman storming inside to continue shooting before running away. The victim was hit in the the right hand, left face, shoulder, and forearm — and survived to identify Hillman.

The dramatic surveillance video footage, released last week by Miami-Dade prosecutors, is key evidence against Hillman. His trial begins next month, court records show.

Whoever did that attack thought they were Al Pacino, ‘Say hello to my little friend.’ But that person is not my client. He didn’t do it.

Defense lawyer Alex Michaels

His defense lawyer, Alex Michaels, insists that witnesses have misidentified the gunman wielding a rifle a la Scarface.

“Whoever did that attack thought they were Al Pacino, ‘Say hello to my little friend,’ ” Michaels said. “But that person is not my client. He didn’t do it.”

Hillman, 38, is charged with three counts of attempted murder. Two other people inside the bar were also wounded by the volley of bullets. The exact motive for the attack is unclear.

The shooting happened in June 2014 at Grumpy’s, a gritty bar on the 29300 block of SW 152nd Avenue.

It’s a bar that seems to attract violence. In April, a man who got stabbed in the parking lot grabbed a gun and shot and killed his attacker, Miami-Dade police said.

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