The incident happened on Sunday morning in Miami-Dade County, west of the incorporated city of Miami Gardens, the police reported. A number of people were standing outside of a banquet hall rented for a concert, when a white Nissan Pathfinder pulled up. The three assailants then stepped out and began shooting “indiscriminately” at the guests.
“We believe this is a targeted act of gun violence,” County Police Director Alfredo Ramirez said, as cited by the Miami Herald. “This is a despicable act of gun violence, a cowardly act.”
Two people were killed in the shooting while between 20 and 25 others suffered gunshot wounds, according to reports. One of the survivors is in critical condition, authorities said. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue helped evacuate eight of the victims to local hospitals, while 12 others went for medical treatment on their own.
It was the second major shooting in the Miami area over the long Memorial Day weekend. Earlier, at around midnight between Friday and Saturday, one person was killed and six others injured in a drive-by shooting, which happened close to the border between the Wynwood and Overtown neighborhoods.
“This type of gun violence has to stop,” Ramirez said. “Every weekend it is the same thing. This is targeted, this is definitely not random.”
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