Two people were killed and more than 20 others injured Sunday when a group of three people fired indiscriminately at a crowd outside a concert in Miami, Florida, local police said. One of the injured is in critical condition, authorities say.
The indiscriminate shooting of the crowd at the concert took place after midnight near the area known as the Miami Gardens, police said.
As people stood outside, a Nissan Pathfinder SUV approached the crowd and “three people got out of the car and fired indiscriminately at the crowd,” police said. The three individuals then got into the car and left the scene.
Rapid response teams arrived at the scene and found two dead, the police statement said. Over 20 injured were taken to hospital, with at least one in serious condition.
Through a post on Twitter, Miami-Dade County Police Chief Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez condemned the “act of violence.”
“These are cold-blooded killers who shot indiscriminately at the crowd, and we will seek justice.” he said.
The United States has a long and painful history of gun violence and in some cases high-profile mass killings in schools, shopping malls or workplaces.
Murders, mostly those with firearms, have increased over the past year. Mass killings have taken place in recent months at a FedEx post office in Indinapolis, at an office building in California, at a grocery store in Colorado, and several murders in Atlanta. President Joe Biden last month described gun violence as an “epidemic” and “international shame.”
More than 43,000 people lost their lives last year in the United States from gun violence, including suicides, according to the Gun Violence Archive.