The shooter who has been charged with killing a man on a bustling Miami Beach sidewalk during Spring Break is alleged to have used a stolen semiautomatic pistol to fire almost a dozen bullets into him, according to police records. Dontavious Polk, a 24-year-old man, was taken into custody following the 3:30 a.m. Sunday shooting, after he fled the crime scene and discarded his Glock 27 pistol along the way, according to his arrest report. Watch the video below (WARNING Graphic):
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Miami Beach Police announced that Polk was apprehended after being hospitalized and receiving treatment for pain from a previous gunshot wound later that day. The shooter, accompanied by three unidentified males, was seen in a hair-raising video slowly walking down the Miami Beach sidewalk in the Ocean Drive and 11th Street area.
As the victim, who had his arm wrapped around a woman, walked toward the suspect, police claim that Polk approached him with his hands concealed beneath his shirt before shooting him at point-blank range along the sidewalk.
In the surveillance footage, the onlookers close to the incident could be observed swiftly dispersing as the shooter continued to fire at the victim, even after he had fallen to the ground and ceased moving.
According to authorities, 11 spent shell casings were found at the location. The victim was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital but did not survive.
After a chase that lasted several blocks, police apprehended Polk. He was subsequently indicted on first-degree murder charges and cops say that the assault was “a focused and isolated incident.”