Two people died and up to another 25 left injured after gunmen fired indiscriminately into a crowd gathered for a concert in south Florida in the early hours of this morning.
Just after midnight three people armed with assault rifles and handguns pulled up to the El Mula Banquet Hall in Northwest Miami-Dade in a white SUV and began shooting.
The banquet hall in the Hialeah area had been rented out for the concert and some concert-goers were outside when the gunmen stepped out the Nissan Pathfinder vehicle and gunfire erupted.
Police said that two concert-goers died at the scene and as many as 25 people went to various hospitals for treatment with some traveling in their own vehicles. At least one is in critical condition.
Authorities believe the shooting was targeted, but no arrests were immediately announced. After the shooting, the trio of gunmen then got back into the car and fled the scene.
‘I am at the scene of another targeted and cowardly act of gun violence, where over 20 victims were shot and 2 have sadly died,’ police director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III Tweeted.
‘These are cold blooded murderers that shot indiscriminately into a crowd and we will seek justice. My deepest condolences to the family of the victims.’
Police were seeking help from the community to identify and arrest the shooters.
Gun-related homicides have surged across the United States over the past year.
On Wednesday, a public transit worker shot dead nine people at a California rail yard before turning his gun on himself as police arrived.