In Florida, at least 22 people are wounded with 2 casualties after three shooters suddenly opened fire in a club, police said.
According to police director Alfredo Ramirez III, a white Nissan Pathfinder pulled over to the El Mula Banquet Hall near Hialeah and three people “stepped out of the vehicle with assault rifles and handguns and started firing indiscriminately into the crowd”.
Ramirez said that the banquet hall and billiards club had been rented out for a concert Saturday night.
“The result is 20 to 25 victims with gunshot injury wounds, and two deceased on the scene,” he said. “We need our county to step up with information”.
“This type of gun violence has to stop,” he added. “Every weekend, it’s the same thing. This is targeted. This is definitely not random”.
“These are cold-blooded murderers that shot indiscriminately into a crowd and we will seek justice,” Ramirez tweeted. “My deepest condolences to the family of the victims.”
Angelica Green said her son —an only child— and her nephew were among those shot at the scene.
Green added that her son was shot once in the abdomen area and is in stable condition after surgery.
“However, my nephew was shot four times,” Green said, including once in the abdomen area and three times in the leg.
“He’s not a statistic. He’s a graduate from college last year. So he’s educated. He was going out with his educated cousin to just celebrate the weekend, and they had not made it into the club as of yet,” Green said. “They said that some guys, three guys that they noticed [that] they just started shooting for whatever reason, we don’t know.”
Hospital spokesperson Kerting Baldwin said that five victims were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, and two of them are in critical condition.
Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis tweeted that he is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooters.
Police director Ramirez responded and thanked Lemonis for his offer and reminded the public that tipsters can stay anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers.
Ramirez also tweeted that the Miami division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) added an additional $25,000 to Lemonis’ reward, bringing it to $125,000.
The Miami-Dade Police Department is continuously asking the public for help with information about the assailants or their whereabouts to contact authorities.
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