NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) - A man was shot after an argument inside a restaurant owned by a hip-hop star, police said, escalated into a shooting in the street outside the establishment’s front doors in North Miami.
North Miami Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to The Licking restaurant, in the area of Northwest 125th Street and Seventh Avenue, just before 6:30 p.m., Tuesday.
Police said the incident began when 24-year-old Henry Poumier-Cristo attacked 21-year-old Tamario Rolle after they were seen exchanging words. Surveillance cameras from inside the restaurant captured Poumier-Cristo repeatedly punching Rolle before they ran outside and into the roadway.
“There was some type of argument that ensued inside the restaurant and spilled out into the roadway, and this is where the shot was fired,” North Miami Police Officer Natalie Buissereth said.
According to police, Poumier-Cristo was shot several times below the waist and transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition.
Abed Al Aziz, a good Samaritan nearby, tried to tend to the victim’s wound before paramedics arrived, but he was told by the victim to get official help.
“There was a lot of blood coming out, so I was like, ‘Oh, my God,'” he said. “He was like, ‘Oh, call 911! Call 911!’ And I did.”
The victim is expected to be OK.
According to investigators, the initial victim of the fight took out a gun and fired shots at the aggressor.
The Licking is a popular chicken restaurant chain that is owned in part by DJ Khaled.
Police detained Rolle at the scene and said he cooperated with investigators.
The 21-year-old was taken to North Miami Police headquarters. He was later arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He has since bonded out of jail.
Officers shut down Seventh Avenue while detectives investigated the shooting, but the roadways have since reopened.
Despite starting the fight, police said Poumier-Cristo will not be facing any charges in this incident.
7News spoke to members of Rolle’s family, who said he was not available to comment.
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