Tourist, 21, shot dead while protecting baby from gunman ‘high on mushrooms’

Tourist, 21, is shot to death protecting his son from man who is ‘high on mushrooms’ while dining with his family at a Miami Beach restaurant – and gunman celebrated by DANCING on top of victim’s body

  • Tamarius Davis, 22, from Georgia, charged with murder for the murder of Colorado tourist Dustin Wakefield
  • Police and family said Wakefield was dining with wife and son at a Miami Beach restaurant when Davis approached the family with a gun
  • Relative said Davis pointed a gun at Wakefield’s one-year-old son, but father protected him and was shot multiple times
  • Witnesses reported seeing Davis celebrating by dancing on Wakefield’s body
  • Davis allegedly told police he randomly shot Wakefield because he was ‘high on mushrooms, which made him feel stronger’

This image from Miami-Dade Police Department shows Tamarius Blair Davis Jr., police say Tuesday who shot and killed a tourist who was eating with his family at a Miami Beach restaurant

A young father visiting Miami Beach from Colorado with his family was shot and killed while protecting his one-year-old son from a deranged gunman, who police say opened fire on diners and an open-air restaurant, then celebrated the murder by hitting the summit. to dance. the victim’s body.

Tamarius Blair Davis, 22, of Norcross, Georgia, told investigators he shot Dustin Wakefield, 21, Tuesday night because he was “high on mushrooms, which made him feel stronger,” according to his arrest report.

Davis is said to have told police that he approached the patio of the restaurant La Cerveceria just before 6:30 p.m. and randomly decided to shoot Wakefield, who was vacationing from Castle Rock, Colorado with his young wife and their son.

In a short video taken immediately after the shooting and obtained by WSVN-TV, the gunman can be seen dancing while people scream. The shooter then walks up a few steps, the weapon in his hand.

Mike Wakefield, the victim’s uncle, told the Miami Herald that Dustin Wakefield died while protecting his young son.

“This man came in with a gun and brandished it and said it was time to die. He pointed the gun at his son and Dustin said, “He’s just a boy,” said Mike Wakefield, who wasn’t in South Beach but heard the report from his family. “Dustin got up between the shooter and the baby and fired. He shot him several times to the ground.”

A witness told CBS Miami that Davis celebrated the party after the shooting by dancing on top of Wakefield.

Wakefield was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

The victim’s uncle said of his cousin, who worked in construction, ‘He was the sweetest boy. He loved his family. He loved being a father.’

Davis fled the restaurant, police said, and was captured in a nearby alley. A cell phone video obtained by the Herald shows Davis lying with eagle spread on his back and smiling as three officers approach with their guns pointed at him, yelling orders and warning him that if he touches his weapon , he will be shot.

Davis then rolled onto his side in a fetal position, before rolling back onto his back as officers approached. Davis yelled “I give, I give, I give” as officers lay him on his stomach and handcuff him. The video shows a black gun about 10 meters away.

Tommy Davis, the suspect’s father, told The Associated Press that his son had traveled to Miami Beach with some friends. He said his son has never been in trouble or had any mental health issues. No arrest record for the younger Davis could be found.

“This is an unlikely thing,” said the senior Davis. “We’re trying to find out what happened. You can imagine we were shocked.’

He said he didn’t know if his son would ingest mushrooms or other drugs.

“You think you know your child, but you don’t,” he said. “It’s possible someone gave him something. We have to find that out.’

Davis is charged with second-degree murder, as well as attempted murder for allegedly shooting another man while pursuing him moments before Wakefield’s murder.

During his first court appearance, a judge ordered Davis to be held without bail at the Miami-Dade County Jail, telling him he had killed someone “in cold blood.”