MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A man was hospitalized in critical condition after an early morning shooting in a home on one of the Venetian islands.
Coincidentally, it happened at the same home which is an Airbnb rental that MMA fighter Conor McGregor had been staying at in March when he got in to trouble on Miami Beach.
McGregor was arrested at the home at 891 North Venetian Drive in March after an incident in which he allegedly smashed the phone of a British tourist after that tourist tried to take his photo at Club Liv at the Fountainbleau Hotel on Miami Beach.
One neighbor, Andria Rivero, told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, that she has never seen an incident like this before in her upscale neighborhood.
“I am surprised,” she said. “This is a pretty nice area. We have never had an incident at least in my 30 years here. I have never seen one. I was so surprised. I did not know what was going on in my mind.”
Neighbor Rolando Gomez said “I think it was crazy. I am very upset.”
Neighbor Andy Gomez said “It sounded like fireworks. It sounded like fireworks.”
Another neighbor who did not want to show her face said, “I was scared out of my mind. I heard 4 to 8 gunshots at 3:40 in the morning. There were people yelling and I heard curse words going back and forth.”
Miami police said just after 3:30 a.m. they received a call about shots fired at the residence in the 800 block of Venetian Way.
“There was some sort of a dispute at one of the homes on the Venetian Causeway, that argument escalated and there were shots fired. We do have a victim that was shot and is critical condition,” said Miami police Commander Freddie Cruz.
The injured man was initially taken to Mt. Sinai Medical Center. From there he was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
“We do not have anyone in custody. We are asking anyone with any information that might be able to assist us in putting this puzzle together, please come forward,” said Cruz. “This is something that is very rare in this area so it is a concern to us.”
Meanwhile the neighbor who did not want to show her face said there have been problems here before.
“This home has been problematic,” she said. “In the past few years this Airbnb has had all kinds of bad people staying there. They are not considerate of their neighbor. They really need it shut down like an Airbnb in this neighborhood needs to if they cannot keep it under control.”
Anyone with information which can help the police is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477) or go to crimestoppersmiami.com.