Man High on Mushrooms Fatally Shoots Father Shielding His 1-Year-Old Son

A 22-year-old man who told police he was "high on mushrooms which made him feel empowered," shot and killed a tourist eating dinner with his family at a South Beach restaurant on Tuesday in Miami Beach, according to an arrest report, the Associated Press said.

Tamarius Blair David Jr. of Norcross, Georgia, fatally shot Dustin Wakefield, 21, as Wakefield shielded his 1-year-old son from the bullets. David is being held without bond and is charged with second-degree murder with a weapon and attempted murder.

David's arrest report said that he told police he walked into La Cerveceria restaurant around 6:30 p.m. and "randomly chose" to shoot Wakefield, a tourist from Castle Rock, Colorado.

Minutes earlier, David allegedly attacked another man on the street, shooting at and missing him on 14th Street. He is charged with attempted murder for that attack.

The Miami Herald reported that the victim's uncle, Mike Wakefield, said Dustin Wakefield died trying to protect his toddler.

"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,'" said Mike Wakefield, who was not in South Beach but heard the account from his family. "Dustin stood up between the gunman and the baby and he shot him. He shot him multiple times on the ground."

A video obtained by the Miami Herald shows David being arrested in an alley next to the restaurant, where he can be heard yelling, "I did it. I did it."

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A man high on mushrooms shot and killed a man eating dinner with his family in South Beach on Tuesday evening. Above, boats sail through the bay in Miami Beach, Florida, at sunset on April 14, 2021. CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images

Mike Wakefield said of his nephew, who worked in construction, "He was the kindest kid. He loved his family. He loved being a dad."

David ran from the restaurant and was captured as he ran down an alley. The video obtained by the Herald shows David lying spread-eagle on his back and smiling as three officers approach with their guns pointed toward him yelling commands, warning him that if he touches his gun, he will be shot.

David then rolled onto his side into a fetal position, before again rolling onto his back as officers approached. David screamed "I give, I give, I give" as officers flipped him onto his stomach and handcuffed him. The video shows a black handgun lying about 10 feet away.

David is being held at the Miami-Dade County Jail. Jail records do not indicate if he has an attorney.