Crime and Safety

Miami-Dade bar shooting: Police initially thought he was a victim, but was arrested when they discovered he was the aggressor

MIAMI-DADE, Florida – Authorities have established that a man whom Miami-Dade police initially believed to be one of multiple victims in a weekend shooting in northwest Miami-Dade was, in fact, the perpetrator.

The allegations against 30-year-old Kijuan Sears include attempted murder, perjury, tampering with physical evidence, and firing a pistol in public.

On Monday, he was hauled into arrest.

According to his arrest record, Sears was one of three males who were shot early on Sunday morning near the Chicagoan Bar and Lounge, at the intersection of Northwest Seventh Avenue and 107th Street.

Officers arrived at the location just after 4:30 a.m. and discovered one victim who had been shot in the back and leg, according to the police.

As they attended to him, Sears reportedly approached an officer and said that he had been shot in the left arm.

The two males were then being transferred to a hospital when officers received a call about a third victim who had been shot in the neighborhood and was at North Shore Medical Center. This individual had a gunshot wound to his left foot.

According to the police report, authorities were examining the scene when a witness with a Diamondback rifle appeared and admitted to being one of the shooters.

The individual was detained for interrogation, and the weapon was confiscated as evidence.

Detectives claim that after interviewing with the witness and checking security footage, they learned that Sears really fired into a crowd of people outside the bar, hurting both victims.

According to officials, the witness then returned fire in an effort to defend the victims.

According to the police, Sears lied under oath when he said his only participation was breaking up a brawl.

Monday, when officers went to Sears’ home to arrest him, according to the complaint, additional firearms were seized.

He is being held without bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

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