Watch CBS News

Doral council to hold emergency meeting on safety after deadly weekend shooting at popular bar

CityPlace Doral shooting raises concerns about closing times
CityPlace Doral shooting raises concerns about closing times 02:54

MIAMI - Doral's city council will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss a new safety plan following last weekend's deadly shooting at a popular bar.

The agenda said it is imperative for lawmakers to look at their policies concerning times of operations at bars and clubs. The memo for the meeting goes on to say by "implementing appropriate times of operations, the city aims to enhance safety measures and cultivate a secure environment for all individuals within the city."

The discussion comes after a deadly fight broke out in the patio area at Martini Bar at CityPlace Doral on Saturday around 3:30 a.m.

Doral council to hold emergency meeting on safety after weekend shooting at popular bar 01:56

According to police, George Castellanos, 23, was working security when the fight broke out. He tried to stop it but was shot and killed. He was a father to a 14-month-old daughter.

Officers quickly stepped in and fatally shot the shooter, identified as 37-year-old Jamal Wayne Wood, according to police. During the shooting, seven other people were injured: two women and four men, along with a Doral Police officer who was shot in the leg.

Doral Mayor Christi Fraga said the city plans to discuss how late businesses should stay open. Castellanos' mother wants more.

"I know the focus is on time and closing earlier and there should be a focus on metal detectors. We should see security guards with jackets to protect them. If my son had one he would be alive because he got shot 2 times," said Janina Castellanos.

"It is important that we look at what are the pros and cons of this, and at this point, we just see that there's, at least in my opinion, there's just not enough pros," said Fraga.

The officer who was shot has since been discharged from the hospital and is recovering at home. One of the injured remains in critical condition.

Currently, the city ordinance states that restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol until 1 a.m. and entertainment establishments until 2 a.m. The Martini Bar was able to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. because they reportedly had received an extension. 

But councilwoman Maureen Porras said that may have not been the case.

"Upon an initial review of our ordinance, we are trying to figure out what type of permit they had to sell alcohol for consumption. There is no clear indication at this time based on what I've been reviewing that Martini Bar may have had permission to be selling alcohol for consumption past the 2 a.m. curfew that applies according to the latest ordinance past in 2022," she said.

Tuesday's meeting is considered a workshop which means that no decisions will be made at that time.  

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.