The City of Miami Beach has imposed a state of emergency and an overnight curfew for South Beach starting 11:59 p.m. Sunday, after multiple fatal shootings occurred during spring break festivities this weekend Police have now issued a curfew for the past three years during Spring Break season. According to the Miami Beach Police Department, the decision comes after two people were fatally shot between Friday and Sunday morning in the area.
Police first responded to emergency calls on Friday night, discovering two men who were shot near 7 Street and Ocean Drive. Both men were sent to Jackson Memorial Hospital, with one victim succumbing to his injuries at the hospital, police said. The other victim is in critical condition. According to Miami Beach Police, one person has been detained and three guns were found at the scene. Then on Sunday morning, police responded to a shooting where they discovered a wounded man near the 1000 block of Ocean Drive. The unidentified man was sent to an area hospital, where he later died from his injuries, Miami Beach Police said on Twitter. Law enforcement officials are investigating both incidents.
According to Miami Beach city officials, the curfew will be effective until Monday morning at 6 a.m. local time. City officials said businesses in the area must close early enough to allow customers time to avoid a curfew violation. According to Miami Beach officials, further curfew limits are expected to go into effect from Thursday, March 23, through Monday, March 27.
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