2 dead, 7 injured, including officer, in shooting at Doral bar

Dispute at Martini Bar leads to exchange of gunfire that ended with security guard, suspect dead
Posted at 10:19 AM, Apr 06, 2024

DORAL, Fla. — Two people died and seven others were injured, including a police officer, in a shooting at CityPlace Doral early Saturday, police said. The shooter was among those shot and killed at the scene.

There was a dispute at Martini Bar at CityPlace Doral when a security guard intervened at about 3:30 a.m., Miami-Dade police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta told WTVJ.

That's when someone pulled out a gun and fatally shot the security guard, Zabaleta said.

A Doral police officer was also wounded, Zabaleta said.

"There was an exchange of gunfire between the subject and the officer," Zabaleta said. "The officer shot and killed the subject. However, the officer also sustained a gunshot wound to the lower extremity. Unfortunately, during this altercation and exchange of gunfire, multiple people were struck."

Four men and two women also were shot. One man and one woman were taken to a hospital in critical condition, WTVJ reported.

"Around 3:15 or 3:30 in the morning, I heard three initial gunshots," William Suedois, who lives in an apartment building nearby, told WPLG. "Didn't really know where it was coming from. I thought it was fireworks. Then I heard probably 10 or 15 directly after that — very, very fast and very loud. It was very scary — very scary."

Police confirmed that uniformed officers were already in the area as part of the overnight security detail.

"There were cops all over," rideshare driver Rob Abner told WTVJ. "I'm here a lot, so it is kind of concerning. It touches you personally."

Doral Police Chief Lopez told WSVN the injured police officer was a four-year veteran who applied a tourniquet on himself.

The wounded police officer was taken to a hospital and later released.

Martini Bar provided a statement to WPTV:

"Our hearts are broken by the tragedy that unfolded at our venue early this morning that took the life of a dedicated security guard and injured several others. Our staff, patrons, and this community are like family to us, and we are completely shaken by this senseless act of violence. We’re working diligently to ensure that all those affected by this feel supported in every way possible. We are conducting our own internal investigation, as well as cooperating fully with all authorities. This trauma will be felt deeply by us all for a long time to come, and we are here for our community today, and always.”