2 more arrested in Cloud 9 nightclub shooting

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Michael Eugene Smith [left] and Gary Edward King
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Benetria Robinson, 19, was gunned down at the Cloud 9 nightclub in Ocala.

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two more criminals involved in the shooting that took place at the Cloud 9 nightclub on September 13, 2015.

These arrests make a total of three in this case, after Laquan Ria’Mel Barrow, 24, was arrested on September 21, 2013.

Six people were shot on the night of the shooting. Benetria Robinson, 19, was shot twice — once in the head and once in the shoulder — and died at the scene.

On Monday, MCSO detectives arrested Gary Edward King, 20, and Michael Eugene Smith, also 20.

Both suspects have been charged with one count each of Second Degree Murder and five counts each of Attempted Second Degree Murder.

Detectives stated that they found a total of 21 spent shell casings at the scene, which had been fired from three different handguns.

According to reports, Ocala Police Department officers were in the area when the shooting occurred. Their body cameras recorded the sound of the gunfire. All 21 shots were fired in approximately five seconds.

King has previous arrests for Resisting Arrest, Breach of Peace, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Tampering-Destroying Evidence, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Smith has previous arrests for Operating a Vehicle Without a License, Hit and Run, Shooting Into an Occupied Dwelling, Possession of a Firearm by a Delinquent, Possession of Marijuana, Failure to Appear (x2), Possession of Synthetic Marijuana, Robbery with a Firearm, Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of Cocaine.

All three felons are being held without bond.

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  • tomfromocala

    But they are good boys . Just misunderstood.Said no normal person EVER. Knock those gold teeth out and buy them some common sense. #yourlivesdontmatter

    • flystraight

      Dindu nuffins

  • William Friss

    What was Smith even doing walking free on our streets with a record like his? Lmao how some idiots were claiming the innocence of Barrow, now his two retarded wannabe gangsters are arrested and going to prison for life. The three of them butt buddies can have same sex loving in prison as they like it. Great job MCSO, thanks for removing this scum from our streets.

    • Ms Betty

      Now they go before the jusge and he/she says, “shame on you!! Don’t do that again. You’re free to go home and do something else now.”

  • Shyanha

    It’s a good thing they were crap shots. 21 bullets could have done Far more damage had these ghouls been good at aiming.

    And yes, William Friss, – HTF was Smith free? Holy Toledo! Our justice system is So very broken. Peaceful pot smokers locked behind bars while violent criminals are out and about to do damage. His rap sheet Screams, “Warning!” If anyone says he’s a good kid I will direct them to the definition of, “delusional,” in the dictionary.

  • Chris

    Scum of the earth..Some more garbage that the taxpayers will have to support for the rest of their lives in prison. Take them out back of the court house, yank the gold teeth and hang their gangster wannabee asses. #Murdererslivesdontmattertome

  • Renee Devoe

    Like others have said, how is it that those other men are out on the street? What I’d like to know is how much time did they serve? Also I thought violent criminals were supposed to be wearing a red and white stripes…Or at getting answer white? Seems odd but maybe those corset are reserved for some other offende. Pretty sure sex offenders do……