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Miami Beach in a state of emergency; implements curfew

Multiple injured in shootings Sunday/Monday
Posted at 6:18 AM, Mar 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-22 06:27:36-04

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — After several days of problems, the city of Miami Beach said it was declaring a state of emergency and implementing a curfew starting Thursday morning at 12:01 a.m. to deal with rowdy spring breakers.

“We didn’t ask for spring break and we don’t want it," Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said Monday.

At least five people were injured in separate incidents on the same street as spring breakers socialized nearby on Sunday.

A video posted on social media shows a police motorcade driving slowly down the crowded street when four shots rang out. That sent dozens of young people in shorts and swimwear scrambling for cover. Officers found two people wounded and they were taken to the hospital, the Associated Press said.

A third person arrived at an emergency room with a gunshot wound. All are expected to survive.

At least four officers were injured while implementing clear-outs.

Miami Beach Mayor Gelber said the curfew will last through the weekend. He's planning to meet with city commissioners Tuesday to validate the curfew. Gelber said he was "frustrated and angry."

"We simply cannot have people coming to our city, having to worry about being shot," Gelber said Monday.

The curfew will remain in place from Thursday through Monday morning at 6:01 a.m. The city said it would try to implement a curfew again on the following weekend.

Miami Beach has faced problems with rowdy crowds in the past and has implemented rules previously to deal with problems visitors to the city caused.