Police say they have arrested two men for their alleged connection to the shooting death of a infantry Army Ranger* on Christmas night outside a South Florida casino.
33-year-old Fernando Duarte was shot as he was leaving the Miccosukee Resort & Casino after winning a jackpot from a slot machine, according to the victims family.
Exactly what Duarte won or if the winnings had anything to do with his death, the Miami Herald reported.
A report by Diario Las Americas claims that eyewitnesses said Duarte had actually been playing poker and that “triumphs and disagreements” preceded the murder. ABC news corroborated this report, stating “the suspects were playing poker at the same table as Duarte when words were exchanged.”
According to Miccosukee police, Duarte got into “a brief verbal altercation” with Mikey Tyquan Lenard and Kenin Sherrod Bailey inside the casino just before 7 p.m. on Christmas night.
Officials later charged Kenin Bailey and Mikey Lenard in the case.
According to the police report, Bailey allegedly shot Durate while driving past him, hitting Duarte once in the leg and once in the wrist.
“The co-defendant [Lenard] operated the motor vehicle and actively sought out the victim in the parking lot,” a police officer wrote on Bailey’s arrest affidavit.
*The news reports are not clear about if Duarte was currently serving in a Ranger battalion or was just Ranger qualified at the time of the shooting.
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