A Florida man enjoying a night out with loved ones at a crowded hookah bar was killed after he accidentally bumped into another patron, family said.
Raheem Harris, 29, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felonin connection with the shooting death of 21-year-old D'Shawn McLaury outside the Hookah Pub in Daytona Beach, WESH reported.
Around 4 a.m. on Nov. 27, McLaury left the bar with his family and friends. Harris allegedly followed McLaury from the establishment and he may have used a gun he had in a fanny pack to shoot the victim, according to police.
“It's at night so you don't see muzzle flash but you can tell something occurs, and you can see the victim collapse,” Daytona Beach police Chief Jakari Young said of surveillance video retrieved from the bar.
Police said the suspect then fled the scene.
Lashanda Jones claimed the victim, who was her nephew, “accidentally bumped into [Harris] and he took that the wrong way.”
“It’s a crowded bar. It's crowded in there. That's the only incident. There was no fight. There was nothing like that. He bumped into him,” Jones said.
“He's young and he didn't deserve this. He's not a person that starts anything with anybody. He's a loving person and it's wrong,” she added of the murder.
Harris, a convicted felon, has a criminal history that includes prison time for child abuse and grand theft of a vehicle, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
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