An arrest was made after a man was shot in the face in an unprovoked attack in Miami Beach, Florida, police said.
Officers called to the shooting in the 6300 block of Ocean Boulevard around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday found the victim, Russell Alexander, suffering from a gunshot wound to the mouth, according to an arrest report provided to News week.
Alexandre, 20 years old according to the Miami Herald, was taken to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment, but has since been released.
“Fortunately, the victim is released from the hospital and should be fine,” the Miami Beach Police Department tweeted Wednesday.
The arrest report says witnesses told police that an unknown man in black clothes walked behind them as they sat on the beach and then opened fire. Alexander was questioned at the hospital and provided a statement that corroborated what witnesses said, the report added.
“There were two men and two women on the beach in each other’s company when they observed a black Hispanic subject dressed in black clothing and a black hoodie,” he told WPLG wearing -police speech, Ernesto Rodriguez.
“He was walking along the beach, made eye contact with the victim in this case and without any provocation the subject fired a shot that hit the victim in the face.”
Detectives identified the suspect in the shooting as Rayner Javier Rosario-Guerrero, 24, after finding his ID and a paper receipt for a gun showing the buyer was Rosario-Guerrero about 200 feet away from where Alexander was shot, according to the arrest report. The bag also contained ammunition and a loaded magazine.
A used shell casing that was found at the scene of the shooting matched the cartridges found inside the magazine, according to the report.
The police had published a leaflet in an attempt to locate the suspect. He was taken into custody by an officer in the 6800 block of Collins Avenue at around 12:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday.
He confessed to the shooting shortly after his arrest, according to the report.
The motive was not clear, but the report suggested the shooting may have been random.
“It should be noted that all of the victims were in close proximity to each other and all equally exposed to the possibility of being shot due to the actions of the accused,” the report said. “All of the victims described their fear for their safety because of the actions of the accused, which caused them to immediately jump to the ground in an attempt to avoid being hit by gunfire.”
Guerrero has been charged with attempted murder and three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, police said.
Police added that the investigation into the shooting remained open and active.
Anyone with additional information about the shooting is encouraged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.