Shooting at Dunkin Donuts


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TarpleyG
March 16, 2004, 08:29 PM
An employee of mine was close friends with this guy. Looks like the motive was robbery but who knows.

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Posted on Sun, Mar. 14, 2004
NORTH MIAMI BEACH

Customer's slaying leaves family numb, police baffled

North Miami Beach homicide detectives have no motive for Saturday's execution-style murder at a doughnut shop drive-through.

BY DAVID OVALLE

dovalle@herald.com

WARREN HARDISON, North Miami Beach police sergeant

To support his wife and three children, Sean Romario Gee worked three jobs, one of them as a promoter for a North Miami Beach nightclub. He was returning from that gig early Saturday when he drove through a Dunkin' Donuts for a cup of coffee.

It was then, police say, that he was ambushed.

About 3:40 a.m., a man rushed Gee's car from behind, then pumped eight bullets into the 36-year-old before pushing his body aside and commandeering the car, said North Miami Beach Sgt. Warren Hardison.

The gunman abandoned the Nissan Maxima half a block away from the doughnut shop, at 95 NW 167th St. Drops of blood the size of nickels stained the pavement of the drive-through.

Detectives have no motive.

They say the shooter took a money bag -- which contained only paperwork related to the club -- from Gee's car, but that does not explain the execution-style attack.

Another question for police -- how did the killer get away?

Detectives have only a vague description of the gunman: dark-skinned, between five feet eight inches and six feet tall, wearing all black.

Although detectives obtained Dunkin' Donuts' video surveillance, they declined to say whether the shooting was captured on tape. It was not clear Saturday if there were witnesses.

HELP REQUESTED

Investigators are asking the public's help to see if anyone saw Gee get into a dispute at the Bermuda Bar and Grill, 3509 NE 163rd St., where Gee worked part time as a promoter.

''This was a family man who was working,'' Hardison said. ``It doesn't seem like a garden-variety robbery.''

At Gee's home in Northwest Miami-Dade County, family members and friends gathered to mourn, grasping for a motive.

Gee had no enemies, they said, and had an easy-going demeanor. Gee, who went by the nickname ''Chip,'' was proud of his stint in the Army, and always offered his home for family reunions.

''He was a kind, sweet person,'' said his brother, Tim Bostic, who works in The Herald print shop.

He worked at Home Depot, and had recently taken a part-time job driving transport trucks. A few years ago, Gee helped start a club on Friday nights at the Bermuda Bar, and worked tirelessly to promote it.

''He loved being around people,'' his mother, Joyce Barnes said.

LOVED MUSIC

And he loved his music.

In a room next to the kitchen, Gee and his buddies built a recording studio, with hand-crafted wood paneling and an array of equipment and instruments.

They called themselves Urban South Recordings. They recently recorded a funny rhyme just about their favorite foods.

Gee would stay up late working on music, sometimes asking his groggy wife to listen to his latest songs until the wee hours of the night.

On Saturday, Kerri Gee stood in the foam-padded studio, illuminated by lonely green light, and wiped the tears from her eyes. She wistfully reminded herself that she would have celebrated Gee's birthday next week.

The two married in the mid-1990s and had three boys. But they had been together much longer. Gee took her to the senior prom.

''He worked so hard,'' Kerri Gee said. ``All he wanted to do was provide for us.''

''He was a kind, sweet person,'' said his brother, Tim Bostic, who works in The Herald print shop.

Anyone with information can call North Miami Beach police at 305-949-5599.

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/8181845.htm

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Mannlicher
March 16, 2004, 08:33 PM
I saw that on the news today. I am so sorry it was a friend of yours. Just another sensless killing in South Florida. Small wonder so many of us go armed.

Jim March
March 16, 2004, 11:06 PM
Who would do something that wacked out at a DONUT SHOP?

Jeez.

True story:

My kid brother ran into a serious weirdo on the road one night. A drunk tried to run him off the road after a lot of threats and general displays of anal behavior. So when the drunk ended up in a ditch upside down, my brother went straight to find a cop (no cellphone). At his first stop trying to find one, no dice. He then went to the PD HQ, and while there was nobody there he did find a callbox and talked to an operator who told him to go back to the scene. He does. The cops ask why he left, he explained that he went straight to where he could usually find cops late at night.

A donut shop :D.

They just kinda groaned...

gbelleh
March 16, 2004, 11:25 PM
I thought this thread was going to be about using Dunkin Donuts as targets...:(

Tex Ram
March 17, 2004, 02:21 PM
Sorry about your friend.

How is it that there were no cops there, maybe the whole donut shop thing is an urban legend.

That is why people who work late at night should be armed.
IMHO

Tex

CAPTAIN MIKE
March 17, 2004, 04:31 PM
VERY Sorry to hear about your friend's murder.

This kind of incident is exactly why more states are passing CCW shall-issue legislation. Not until the Bad Guys are worried about their own safety(from the Good Guys) will some of these off-the-wall thrill killings and carjackings be stopped.

cidirkona
March 17, 2004, 06:33 PM
There is an out-of-the-way doughnut shop here about a mile down from a few of the local gunshops that has officer's vehicles parked in front ofit about half of the times I drive past.

Once when we called the police to report a burglary, we had just picked up some Krispy Kremes. I non-challantly offered some to the helpful officer, only realizing what I had insinuated, and immediately apologized. He laughed and thanked us for the offer, but it is against department policy to eat doughnuts on the clock.

-Colin

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