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A rapper on Grammy-nominated DaBaby’s “Billion Dollar Baby Entertainment” roster was one of two men charged Tuesday in a Memorial Day shooting near a popular South Beach restaurant.
Wisdom Awute, who goes by the name Wisdom, faces charges including attempted murder.
The other man arrested was Christopher Urena, 29, of Davie.
The arrests came after police released DaBaby, who was brought in Tuesday for questioning.
The shooting, which happened before midnight at First Street and Ocean Drive near the Prime 112 steakhouse, injured two, one critically, and caused police to temporarily shut down the MacArthur Causeway in both directions early Tuesday. Authorities also closed the 100 block of Ocean Drive to vehicles and pedestrians.
Tuesday, police announced that they’d brought DaBaby, whose real name is Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, in for questioning, saying he was “one of the many individuals” interviewed about the overnight shooting. But hours later, police said they’d released the 29-year-old artist and arrested two others they said “are responsible” for the shooting.
“In less than 24 hours, Miami Beach detectives were able to ensure those responsible for the shooting were arrested and charged,” said Ernesto Rodriguez, Miami Beach police spokesman, Tuesday night. “We will now work closely with the State Attorney’s Office to ensure a successful prosecution.”
Miami Beach Fire Rescue transported the two shooting victims to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Unit. One was shot in the shoulder the other in the leg. One victim remained in critical condition Tuesday while the other was released after being treated at a hospital. Their names were not released.
According police report on Awute, two men were trying to get in their car at around 11:20 p.m. Monday in front of the restaurant when they got in fight with “a famous musical entourage.” That’s when the rapper pulled out a gun, the victim told police. Awute then shot one of the two men in the right calf, police said. The victim was then able to identify Awute as the shooter, police said in the report.
Meanwhile, police received a report that someone was fleeing the scene of the shooting in a black Chrysler 300. Officers pulled the car over nearby and spoke with Urena, who was the only person in the car, police said.
Urena told officers that the car was blocking the valet, so he got in to move it and that’s when some men pointed a gun at him, according to his arrest report. He said he was being shot at as he drove away. Officers found a gun magazine in Urena’s bag, police said. After being read his rights, Urena refused to talk, police said.
DaBaby was arrested in Miami on New Year’s Eve for allegedly punching a promoter in the face. Police at the time said he denied being involved in the incident, and he was later released from jail.
The South Beach shooting rounded off a violent Memorial Day weekend in Miami-Dade County, during which at least six people were killed and dozens injured by gunfire.