The Miami Beach authorities decreed a state of emergency this Sunday and imposed a curfew in the tourist area, after two consecutive nights of shootings that have left two dead and two injured.
The curfew, which will take effect from midnight today and until 6 a.m. (1100 GMT) on Monday, has been imposed "in response to the two shootings and the excessively large and unruly crowds, and to mitigate dangerous and illegal behaviors," this city in South Florida (USA) explained in a statement.
The administrator of Miami Beach, Alina Hudak, plans to impose a curfew again, which will be limited to the tourist neighborhood of South Beach, between Thursday, March 23 and Monday, March 26, as she will propose to the city council in a special session on Monday, according to the statement.
The measure follows an exchange of gunfire that occurred Friday night at a busy intersection in South Beach that left one person dead and another seriously injured.
Upon arrival at the scene, police officers found two men with gunshot wounds, who were transported to a local hospital, where one of them eventually died shortly thereafter. A third man was taken into custody by officers, who recovered three firearms at the scene.
Four blocks from where this event occurred, an area full of bars and nightclubs, this Sunday morning there was a new shooting that left one man dead and another wounded, according to local police, who added that a man he was arrested as a suspect and the murder weapon was found nearby.
The Miami Beach authorities maintain a strong police presence in the tourist neighborhood of South Beach, especially this week, the third of March, identified as the peak in terms of the influx of young visitors from other states on the occasion of the "spring break". ".
Last year, the authorities of this South Florida city also decreed a state of emergency and imposed a curfew in the tourist area after the disorders that occurred and left at least five people injured by firearms.