Miami Beach police are looking to question Fat Joe as a possible witness to a shooting that left two men dead over the Memorial Day weekend. According to the Miami Herald, Joe may have been present during an altercation that took place just before 6 .a.m. on Monday morning (May 28) in front of David’s Cafe II at 1654 Meridian Ave. Police say that a group of men in a black Cadillac Escalade, got into a verbal confrontation with another man in front of the restaurant.
The argument soon turned physical and 24-year old Jermaine ”Wufgang” Chamberline pulled out a gun and fired four times at the group. Lessli Paz, 25 and Joey Navarro, 26 were both hit and died of their wounds. Chamberline was arrested a short time later near the scene. Investigators have reason to believe that Fat Joe may have been riding in the black Escalade with the group. Miami Beach police spokesman Sgt. Robert Hernandez, stated that Joe is only being sought as a possible witness.
Aimee Morris, a spokesperson for the rapper, told the Herald that she had not spoken to Joe and was unable to comment. Miami’s South Beach has become a popular Memorial Day weekend destination for Hip-Hop fans over the past few years and the large crowds have prompted an increased law enforcement presence. Civil rights groups have accused Miami police of racially profiling visitors during the holiday festivities. Police confiscated 60 guns this year and arrests in the area numbered at around 800, down from over 1000 in 2006.