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Man in Wheelchair Shoots Up Lincoln Road Bar After Arguing Over Seating

Categories: Crime
via Miami-Dade Corrections
Ernesto Velazquez
Ernesto Velazquez did not want to sit outside last night. In fact, the 29-year-old who uses a wheelchair was so insulted when a waitress at Finnegan's 2 tried to give him a table on Lincoln Road Mall that he pulled out a pistol and fired into the air.

Panicked managers called the cops, and Velazquez spent the night sitting in jail instead.

"I have survived bombings and shootings in Serbia," bar manager Bojan Milutinovic tells the Miami Herald. "I didn't want to die in a bar."

The trouble began around 10:30 last night when Velazquez and his brother came into Finnegan's 2, a sports bar on Lincoln Road at Michigan Avenue, and asked for a table.

A waitress suggested an outside table because it would be "lower and more comfortable," the Herald reports, which enraged Velazquez, who began shouting, "You don't want to serve me?"

That's when he grabbed the gun, which was tucked into a shirt inside the wheelchair, and fired.

Police arrested Velazquez, who faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm in public, disorderly conduct, and owning a firearm as a convicted felon.

Riptide has requested the police report from the incident. When we get it, we'll update this post.

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Location Info

Finnegan's 2

942 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

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35 comments
Bigdic
Bigdic

That's precisely how this asshole ended up in a wheelchair, by being one.

carlray
carlray

I think that the guy was a little out of his mind there is no reason he couldn't have said no,not to mention guy they have to have tables and Handicap access to the place sound in a way the bar is wrong to but that guy is relay in the wrong big time


I agree convicted felons shouldn't have guns and yes there should be more intense background checks before you can buy a Gun but the simple fact is if a criminal wants a gun there is not a law on this planet that will prevent him or her from getting one

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

why didnt he just tell her, no i dont want to sit there?

Bradley Tuyn
Bradley Tuyn

One more reason why the Feds need to tighten up background checks... or, perhaps, track and record gun ID #s and legally demand the surrender of an issued firearm AFTER a person is convicted of a criminal offense. See where I'm going here? All surrendered firearms get donated to the nearest police department.

Nick Perdue
Nick Perdue

people b crazy when they don't get a proper winter..

Oona Stieglitz
Oona Stieglitz

Well, I spent 6 weeks in a wheelchair, even knowing it was temporary but still got plenty angry and frustrated, the most angry I have ever been in my life. The gun makes all the difference. With out the gun you just swear , glare, dodge cars backing up in parking lots. Then you get a grip and make up crazy stories to tell strangers who inquire about how you got injured as a circus performer!

Jose Antonio Navarro
Jose Antonio Navarro

lmao ... "I have survived bombings and shootings in Serbia," bar manager Bojan Milutinovic tells the Miami Herald. "I didn't want to die in a bar."

Bigdic
Bigdic

These ugly little dick hispanics all think they're tough guys with a gun. Take it away & anybody can bitch slap these punks.

Kzm Ufc
Kzm Ufc

Sounds like it happened in Larry's restaurant an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm"!! LOL

Gabriel Geronimo Pedraza
Gabriel Geronimo Pedraza

The shit some people would do to prove that they are bad asses...... either that, or dumb asses.

Nestor Teran
Nestor Teran

Although it's all still stupid and terrible, shooting up in the air is not "shooting up the bar."

Paul Ermeri
Paul Ermeri

Is that considered a "roll by" shooting?

Joe LaDuca
Joe LaDuca

Who needs reservations when you're packing heat?

Carmen A Jones
Carmen A Jones

I bet they won't be accommodating his seating preference in Jail now.. what an idiot!

Leo Martinez
Leo Martinez

*sigh* This is why we can't have nice things.

Bigdic
Bigdic

@Orlando De Frias Yeah, a real fucking boy scout.

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