Four men arrested after shots were fired in Miami Beach in the latest night of Spring Break chaos


Police have arrested at least four men after shots were fired in Miami Beach on Thursday night, sending crowds of Spring Break revelers running.

An eyewitness said people were literally on top of each other in a stampede as they fled the Ocean Drive thoroughfare in search of cover around 8.40pm local time.

Pictures and video taken shortly after showed officers speaking to handcuffed men, one of whom appeared to be injured, seated on the ground next to police cars.

The men are then escorted into the back of police vans. 

In video from the scene, crowds can be seen watching the arrests from behind police tape as armed officers stand guard. 

Two people off camera can be heard having a verbal dispute over whether or not the four men arrested had been fighting. 

It is not clear why the arrests were made or if the men have been charged with a crime. A friend of the men said they were all from New York City.  

Police have arrested at least four men after shots were fired in Miami Beach on Thursday night, sending crowds of Spring Break revelers running 

The arrests came as tens of thousands of young people have flocked to the Florida city to celebrate Spring Break

The arrests came as tens of thousands of young people have flocked to the Florida city to celebrate Spring Break

Pictures and video taken shortly after showed officers speaking to handcuffed men, one of whom appeared to be injured, seated on the ground next to police cars

Pictures and video taken shortly after showed officers speaking to handcuffed men, one of whom appeared to be injured, seated on the ground next to police cars 

It is not clear why the arrests were made or if the men have been charged with a crime. A friend said all the men were from New York City

It is not clear why the arrests were made or if the men have been charged with a crime. A friend said all the men were from New York City

Local10.com reported that on Thursday police fired pepper balls to disperse the crowd while Miami Beach Fire Rescue responded to assist injured partygoers. It is not clear if these 

Workers from nearby restaurants were left to clean up the mess after people ran for cover, discarding shoes, bottles and other trash. 

After the arrests, hundreds of mostly maskless revelers flooded back onto Ocean Drive for a street party despite the treat of coronavirus.

They were among the tens of thousands of young people that have flocked to the Florida city to celebrate Spring Break.  

In video from the scene, crowds can be seen watching the arrests from behind police tape as armed officers stand guard

In video from the scene, crowds can be seen watching the arrests from behind police tape as armed officers stand guard

In the video, two people off camera can be heard having a verbal dispute regarding whether or not the four men arrested had been fighting.

In the video, two people off camera can be heard having a verbal dispute regarding whether or not the four men arrested had been fighting.

Last weekend Miami Beach Police arrested more than 100 people for crimes including a ‘bottle-throwing attack on our police’.  

The large numbers of tourists and big crowds have raised concerns about the spread of COVID over the Spring Break season, which lasts until April 12.  

The state’s leading industry, tourism, took a hit last Spring Break due to Covid-19  restrictions.

At least four men were arrested in Miami Beach on Thursday night after shots were fired in the city, which has received tens of thousands tourists for Spring Break

At least four men were arrested in Miami Beach on Thursday night after shots were fired in the city, which has received tens of thousands tourists for Spring Break

It is not clear why the men were arrested or whether they have been charged with a crime, in a video of the arrests, two people can be heard discussing whether or not the men had been fighting

It is not clear why the men were arrested or whether they have been charged with a crime, in a video of the arrests, two people can be heard discussing whether or not the men had been fighting

The young men were arrested off Ocean Drive as hundreds of revelers partied on the thoroughfare

The young men were arrested off Ocean Drive as hundreds of revelers partied on the thoroughfare

On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health reported 6,004 new cases of Covid-19, the highest daily total in 2 weeks. 

Statewide, daily infections are continuing to hover at around 50,000 new cases a day.

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber has drafted in extra police to help control the huge number of tourists visiting the city for Spring Break.

Gelber has condemned the partygoers for a situation that is ‘truly chaotic and unmanageable’, adding that the city is under a ‘level of siege’ due to the sheer number of people visiting. 

Earlier on Thursday, hundreds of mostly maskless revelers crammed into Ocean Drive for a street party despite the treat of coronavirus

Earlier on Thursday, hundreds of mostly maskless revelers crammed into Ocean Drive for a street party despite the treat of coronavirus

Local10.com reported that police fired pepper balls to disperse the crowd while Miami Beach Fire Rescue responded to assist injured partygoers

Local10.com reported that police fired pepper balls to disperse the crowd while Miami Beach Fire Rescue responded to assist injured partygoers

Workers from nearby restaurants were left to clean up the mess after people ran for cover, discarding shoes, bottles and other litter

Workers from nearby restaurants were left to clean up the mess after people ran for cover, discarding shoes, bottles and other litter

To help cope with the huge influx of tourists, the city will now step up the number of police patrolling the area with more enforcement and street closures, the mayor said on Wednesday.  

He added that Miami Beach is now being overrun with tens of thousands of spring breakers and locals who visit to party in the evening who ‘seem to have forgotten that there’s a pandemic’. 

‘If you have fifty or a hundred thousand people coming there and just half of one percent are rowdy or drunk or high to the point where they need to be controlled, it becomes a situation which is truly chaotic and unmanageable,’ Gelber told NBC Miami.  

Last weekend Miami Beach Police arrested more than 100 people for crimes including a 'bottle-throwing attack on our police'. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

Last weekend Miami Beach Police arrested more than 100 people for crimes including a ‘bottle-throwing attack on our police’. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber has drafted in extra police to help control the huge number of tourists visiting the city for Spring Break. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber has drafted in extra police to help control the huge number of tourists visiting the city for Spring Break. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

The large numbers of tourists and big crowds have raised concerns about the spread of COVID over the Spring Break season, which lasts until April 12. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

The large numbers of tourists and big crowds have raised concerns about the spread of COVID over the Spring Break season, which lasts until April 12. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

The mayor pointed to a shooting which occurred on Monday night where a 27-year-old man was shot and killed, while around 150 partygoers were arrested over the weekend.  

‘It has felt at times like this city is under a level of siege simply from the volume of people that are coming,’ Gelber continued, adding that during the daytime, there are fewer rowdy and drunk spring breakers. 

At the weekend, police in Miami Beach fired pepper balls to disperse a crowd that had surrounded officers who were arresting James Harrison, 19.

‘It’s like a triple threat: We’ve got too many people, too many coming with a desire to go wild and we have the virus,’ Gelber told USA Today on Monday. ‘It really poses a multifaceted peril for us.

‘Some people are coming here with sort of anything-goes mentality and even if it’s just a small percentage… it’s a small percentage of an enormous amount of people,’ Gelber added. 

Tourism is Florida's leading industry and it took a heavy hit last year due to pandemic restrictions. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

Tourism is Florida’s leading industry and it took a heavy hit last year due to pandemic restrictions. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has not imposed statewide mask mandates or capacity limits and the state is not allowing local jurisdictions to fine people for violating mask orders. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has not imposed statewide mask mandates or capacity limits and the state is not allowing local jurisdictions to fine people for violating mask orders. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health reported 6,004 new cases of Covid-19, the highest daily total in 2 weeks. Statewide, daily infections are continuing to hover at around 50,000 new cases a day. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health reported 6,004 new cases of Covid-19, the highest daily total in 2 weeks. Statewide, daily infections are continuing to hover at around 50,000 new cases a day. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

In Miami Beach, scores of the partygoers are not wearing face masks – and police in the city are unable to fine or arrest residents or tourists for refusing to wear a face mask, the mayor said. 

This is because Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has not imposed statewide mask mandates or capacity limits. The state is not allowing local jurisdictions to fine people for violating mask orders. 

Miami Beach can only offer spring breakers free masks in the hope that they wear them. 

‘I’ve been on Ocean Drive almost every day in the last week, and the number of people not wearing masks or just not bothering with any of the healthy practices is very disturbing,’ he said. 

‘An enormous number of people are coming our way, and many of them, if not most, seem to have forgotten that there’s a pandemic.’

Mayor Gelber has condemned the partygoers for a situation that is 'truly chaotic and unmanageable', adding that the city is under a 'level of siege' due to the sheer number of people visiting. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

Mayor Gelber has condemned the partygoers for a situation that is ‘truly chaotic and unmanageable’, adding that the city is under a ‘level of siege’ due to the sheer number of people visiting. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

Miami Beach can only offer spring breakers free masks in the hope that they wear them. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

Miami Beach can only offer spring breakers free masks in the hope that they wear them. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

scores of the partygoers are not wearing face masks - and police in the city are unable to fine or arrest residents or tourists for refusing to wear a face mask, the mayor said. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

scores of the partygoers are not wearing face masks – and police in the city are unable to fine or arrest residents or tourists for refusing to wear a face mask, the mayor said. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

Bars, restaurants and clubs in Miami Beach are welcoming the influx of partygoers who are visiting for Spring Break. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

Bars, restaurants and clubs in Miami Beach are welcoming the influx of partygoers who are visiting for Spring Break. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

Nationwide the United States has now recorded 29.6 million cases of COVID-19 , and 538,052 deaths. On Wednesday there were 51,954 new cases and 995 deaths, according to the latest figures. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

Nationwide the United States has now recorded 29.6 million cases of COVID-19 , and 538,052 deaths. On Wednesday there were 51,954 new cases and 995 deaths, according to the latest figures. Pictured: Partygoers on Ocean Drive on Thursday

The tens of thousands of university students are making their annual pilgrimage to Florida for spring break as the state is recording around 50,000 new cases a day.

Nationwide the United States has now recorded 29.6 million cases of COVID-19, and 538,052 deaths. 

On Wednesday there were 51,954 new cases and 995 deaths, according to the latest figures. 

President Biden’s CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky has warned that the number of infections in Florida could spike off the back of Spring Breakers flocking to the state amid the spread of a COVID-19 variant. 

‘We have seen footage of people enjoying spring break festivities, maskless. This is all in the context of still 50,000 cases per day.’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Walensky said at the start of this week. 

‘Cases climbed last spring, they climbed again in the summer, they will climb now if we stop taking precautions when we continue to get more and more people vaccinated.’  



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