Two men are dead after an altercation over a parking space in South Beach turned ugly Sunday.
At around 10:35 p.m. Sunday, Jeffery Alexander, 19, from Brooklyn, was in the passenger seat of a white BMW that was trying to parallel park along the northbound curb of Ocean Drive. There were three other people in the vehicle with him, including the driver, according to the Miami Herald.
As the driver tried to park the car, he hit a gold Buick Regal in front of him. As he continued attempting to park, he hit the Buick “a couple more times,” according to Alexander’s arrest affidavit, then “began force pushing the Buick back in an attempt to move the Buick.”
The owner of the Buick, Ladarian Tyrell Phillips, 30, along with a friend, walked across the street to confront the BMW driver about hitting his car.
The driver, who remains unidentified, yelled “step the f— back” to Phillips and the friend. Alexander, who had been standing outside of the car to guide it, got back into the front seat and was handed a handgun by the driver.
According to police, Alexander fired two to three shots at Phillips and the friend, striking Phillips in the back and the friend in the leg. Phillips died from his injuries Monday morning at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The friend was treated and released.
Police responded to the shooting and arrived at the scene about a minute later, but the BMW had already fled. Police chased after the car, which resulted in a crash that damaged two police cars and the BMW. About a block later, police opened fire on the BMW. One passenger in the BMW was struck and was taken by Miami Beach Fire Rescue to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He died from his injuries on Monday.
Two of the BMW’s occupants were detained at the scene, but one was able to flee only to be detained about an hour later.
Alexander was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder. He goes by the name 22GZ, and was set to perform at a Miami Beach club called Miami LIVE on Saturday.
Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates said Monday morning that the two Miami Beach police officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, as this is the department’s policy.
Miami Beach police are conducting an investigation into the shooting that killed Phillips, and Miami-Dade police are investigating the shooting involving police.
Alexander and Phillips are the only two people involved in the incidents to be identified.
[Feature photo: Miami-Dade Corrections Department]