A manhunt against several killers was underway in South Florida after gunmen opened fire outside a banquet hall early Sunday, killing at least two people and injuring more than 20, the police said. police.
The shots erupted at El Mula Banquet Hall in northwest Miami-Dade County, near Hialeah, police said. The hall had been rented for a concert. Three people exited an SUV and opened fire on the crowd outside, Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III said.
“I am at the scene of yet another act of targeted and cowardly gun violence, where more than 20 victims have been shot and 2 have sadly died,” Ramirez tweeted. “They are cold-blooded murderers who indiscriminately shot a crowd and we will seek justice. My deepest condolences to the families of the victims.”
Camping World CEO and TV personality Marcus Lemonis tweeted that he was offering a $ 100,000 reward “to help the authorities in my hometown… arrest and convict the suspect (s)”.
Ramirez said police were grateful for the reward offer.
“This is our community, we are stronger together,” said Ramirez. “We need our county to step up its information.”
Two people died at the scene, police said. Up to 25 people went to various hospitals for treatment. Family and loved ones gathered outside the Jackson Memorial emergency room awaiting information.
Angelica Green told Local 10 News her 24-year-old son was shot in the stomach.
“He called us frantic, saying he got shot, it hurt and he loved us,” Green said. “He said the guys came with ski masks and hoodies, and just started shooting the crowd.”
No arrests were immediately announced and police called for help from the community and gathered surveillance footage looking for evidence.
The shooting took place about 24 hours after one person was killed and six others injured in a drive-by shooting in the Wynwood area of Miami, the Miami Herald reported.
“It’s very difficult to stop a small number of people who want to go out there and commit murder, and it takes all of us to stop that,” Ramirez told the newspaper. “We really need to work this summer to keep our kids and our community safe.”
Contribution: The Associated Press