3 arrested in fatal shooting at packed Melbourne bar, police say

Alain Noel, 34, was shot and killed in March at Off The Traxx

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Melbourne police have arrested all three men believed responsible in a fatal shooting at a Brevard County bar in March.

The shooting killed 34-year-old Alain Noel at Off The Traxx.

Richard Lakes, 34, and Lucious Scott, 30, were arrested Tuesday. Scott had recently been booked at the Brevard County jail on April 19 in connection to a shootout in a Melbourne neighborhood earlier that month.

Elvin Clark, 28, was arrested Wednesday, according to the police department.

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On the night of March 5, Noel and three others entered Off The Traxx after spending some time at a different bar, walking there shortly before the arrival of Lakes, Scott and Clark, who police said is the gunman.

Elvin Clark, 28, was arrested and is accused of second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and culpable negligence. (Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

One of the men with Noel walked past Lakes, Scott and Clark while buying drinks, recognizing them as “people with whom he had prior difficulties,” police said.

According to the affidavit, the man with Noel said Lakes, Scott and Clark had recently jumped and beaten him because of his Haitian origins and viewed the Haitian community as “encroaching on their ‘turf.’”

According to surveillance video and witness accounts, Clark purchased two bottles of beer and handed them to Lakes, who immediately emptied them before handing one bottle to Scott.

Lakes and Scott charged the man who recognized them, hitting him in the head with the bottles and cutting him in the process, police said.

On surveillance video, police said Clark appeared to “dance around excitedly” in reaction to the attack, watching it happen from a distance. At this time, police said Clark pointed a gun at Noel and fired four shots.

According to the report, two bullets struck Noel’s legs and another passed through his heart, killing him. A fourth bullet penetrated the bar and struck a bartender in the leg, inflicting non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Immediately after the shooting, police said Clark ran through the rear exit of the bar. The bar was said to be near capacity at the time with more than 300 patrons inside, now racing to get out.

Lakes and Scott exited the same way, but separately from Clark, who had already driven away in a white Ford Fusion and left them behind. The two face felony charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Lakes’ bond was set at $125,000, and Scott was granted a $75,000 bond Wednesday.

Clark faces a charge of second-degree murder, possession of a gun by a convicted felon and culpable negligence. His is being held without bond on the first charge and has a bond set at $35,000 and $3,000 for the other two charges respectively.

About the Authors:

Brandon, a UCF grad, joined the ClickOrlando team in November 2021. Before joining News 6, Brandon worked at WDBO.

James joined News 6 in March 2016 as the Brevard County Reporter. His arrival was the realization of a three-year effort to return to the state where his career began. James is from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.