Man in Wheelchair Opens Fire in Miami Beach Restaurant: Police

No one injured after man starts shooting inside Lincoln Road eatery

By Julia Bagg, Brian Hamacher and Hank Tester
|  Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013  |  Updated 8:19 PM EDT
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No one injured after man starts shooting inside Lincoln Road eatery. NBC6's Hank Tester reports.

No one injured after man starts shooting inside Lincoln Road eatery. NBC6's Hank Tester reports.

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Miami Beach Police are investigating after they say a man in a wheelchair opened fire inside a Lincoln Road Irish restaurant and bar late Monday night.

No one was injured when the man, later identified as 29-year-old Ernesto J. Velasquez, started shooting inside Finnegan's Road at 942 Lincoln Road near Michigan Avenue, Miami Beach Police said.

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According to an arrest report, Velasquez and his brother arrived at the restaurant around 10:30 p.m. and asked to be seated.

When the waitress suggested they sit outside because the tables are lower and might be more comfortable, Velasquez became irate and screamed "What? You don't want to serve me?" the report said.

Velasquez pulled out a pistol and started waving it, pointing it at a manager and another bar patron, the report said.

The waitress and manager fled the restaurant and heard a gunshot come from inside the bar, the report said. Velasquez left the bar and fired another shot, the report said.

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Police said they received several 911 calls of a man waving a gun at passersby and firing it into the air. When officers arrived, they found Velasquez in the area and took him into custody, the report said.

As Velasquez was being questioned, officers "smelled the odor of an alcohol like beverage emitting from his person as he spoke," the report said.

"I'm sake bombed!" Velasquez said, according to the report. "I had too much to drink and I shot off a couple of rounds."

Police said luckily no one was injured.

A man, who only wanted to be identified as Chauncey, shot video of the scene.

"He had a gun in his hand, pointed it towards me, then he put in his lap and few seconds later I heard him say 'I am going to (expletive) kill you," Chauncey said.

Chauncey said he fired at least three shots.

"The shots were fired inside of the restaurant and no one was injured," Miami Beach Police spokeswoman Det. Vivian Hernandez said. "Officers, in addition to checking the restaurant and the parties inside, checked the additional area upstairs above the restaurant and there was also no injuries to anyone in the building or any of our officers."

Police said another person was also taken into custody but that person hasn't been identified.

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Velasquez, who is a convicted felon, told police he bought the pistol on the street for $500, the report said.

He is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm in public and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. It was unknown whether he has an attorney.

Police are still investigating the incident.

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