MIAMI (CBSMimai) – A man involved in the deadly shooting of a cyclist on the Rickenbacker Causeway earlier this week has been arrested.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle is speaking out exclusively to CBS4’s Peter D’Oench about the arrest and the case, saying “It’s tragic and it is senseless. It is another example of gun violence in our community. We are so devastated to see how this happened. To look at the video it is so outrageous. To see this type of gun violence is heartbreaking and upsetting because you can only be angry about it.”
She said, “I guess the most important thing for our community especially bicyclists is that we really feel your pain and we really feel how difficult this is for you to want to be free to ride in this community. As we learn more about this case and the dynamics a decision will be made in terms of whether this is 1st degree murder or 2nd degree murder and as you know this will go to the Grand Jury. So we charged him to make him accountable and this should go to the Grand Jury in the next couple of weeks.”
Kadel Piedrahita and his attorney arrived at the Miami police headquarters Friday morning.
Police say Piedrahita has been charged with one count of second degree murder and one count of aggravated assault with a firearm.
The shooting happened last Wednesday around 6 a.m. when a group of cyclists exchanged words with Piedrahita, who was on a motorcycle.
A new police report says the victim was shot in the stomach and says the suspect actually threatened a second person with a gun and cursed at him. Witnesses identified the suspect and said they knew him.
Piedrahita posted a Facebook Live stream from traffic as he passed the group of cyclists heading in the same direction toward Key Biscayne.
On the video, he appears to know some of the cyclists. He can be heard saying, “We’re here. These are my people. A big hello to all the young people here. All my people are here. Say hello to all my friends who are going to Panama.”
Then something changed and curse words went back and forth in Spanish. Someone can be heard taunting the group to get into a fistfight and then there’s a yell to call the police. The video suddenly faces down when someone shouts ‘dispara, dispara’, which is Spanish for ‘shoot, shoot’. Then a gunshot is heard.
You also hear someone saying “Call the police. Call the police.” Another person is heard saying “Calm down. Calm down. Stop.”
Miami Fire Rescue said it was a bicyclist who was shot and he was transported in critical condition to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center where he died hours later.
Piedrahita’s attorney admits there was bad blood between his client and the cyclist who died.
Before the incident, Piedrahita posted an angry tirade on Facebook saying he was going to split the victim in half and saying he hoped his mother was dead.
The victim’s daughter posted a message on social media saying goodbye to her father.
It can be seen below: