Tamarius Blair David Jr. shot and killed 21-year-old Dustin Wakefield at a South Beach restaurant in Miami Beach Tuesday while the victim shielded his 1-year-old son from the shooter. David reportedly danced on the dead father’s body and was “high on mushrooms” during the shooting, authorities said.
Police arrested David and charged him with second-degree murder with a weapon. He was also charged with attempted murder for a second attack outside the restaurant.
Tamarius Blair David Jr. walked into La Ceveceria around 6:30 p.m., according to his arrest report. He then “randomly chose” to shoot Dustin Wakefield, whose uncle said he was a tourist from Castle Rock, Colorado. After dancing atop Wakefield’s body, David left the restaurant and pointed his gun at a second man on 14th Street. He shot at the passerby but missed before fleeing.
Dustin Wakefield’s uncle, Mike Wakefield, said that his nephew died trying to protect his son. He told reporters that “this guy came in with a gun, waving it, saying it’s time to die. He pointed the gun at his son and Dustin said, ‘He’s only a boy.’”
“Dustin stood up between the gunman and the baby and he shot him,” Mike Wakefield added, who was not at the restaurant but heard accounts from family members. “He shot him multiple times on the ground.”
A witness told reporters that “after the shooting, Tamarius Blair David Jr. “was dancing on top of” Dustin Wakefield’s body. A now-viral video posted to Twitter shows the scary scene after the shooting, in which Tamarius David was dancing strangely after murdering Dustin Wakefield. It’s unclear if the video shows the moment David was dancing on top of Wakefield’s body or if this is a separate incident.
In the video, David, who was wearing a multi-colored shirt, can be seen under umbrellas in the outdoor dining section of La Ceveceria restaurant. The tables had been mostly cleared out, save for a single man in a turquoise shirt who was staring at David while he performed his strange dance.
After the second attack, David hid in a nearby alleyway. Police located the suspect and took him into custody. A video obtained by the Miami Herald revealed that David was on the ground as police approached him. He was yelling “I did it, I did it, I did it” as they took him into custody.
In custody, David waived his right to remain silent and confessed to the murder during his initial questioning. He told police that he chose the victims “randomly” and admitted to being “high on mushrooms” during the attacks. He said the shrooms “made him feel empowered.” He is being held without bond at the Miami-Dade County Jail.
According to his uncle, Dustin Wakefield worked in the construction industry and loved music and hunting. “He was the kindest kid. He loved his family. He loved being a dad,” Mike Wakefield said.
Tamarius Blair David Jr.’s father told reporters that his son’s last name is Davis, which is contradictory to the police report. His father said Tamarius Davis was visiting South Beach with friends when the tragic incident occurred. He had been working in Georgia as a UPS driver, the father confirmed.