US: Deadly shooting in Florida’s Miami area, say police
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US: Deadly shooting in Florida’s Miami area, say police

At least two people have died and more than 20 were injured in a shooting outside a billiards club in Hialeah in the US state of Florida, Miami-Dade police director Alfredo Ramirez III said in a tweet early on Sunday.

A white SUV pulled up to the location and three people got out with assault weapons and handguns and started firing into the crowd that was gathered for a concert at the venue, US news channel CNN reported.

CNN said about 20 to 25 of those injured were taken to a number of nearby hospitals and added that at least one of those injured was listed in critical condition.

The shooting took place early Sunday morning, CBS4 Miami said. It also said police had no one in custody as of early Sunday.

“This type of gun violence has to stop. Every weekend it’s the same thing,” Ramirez said during an early morning news conference.

Al Jazeera’s Andy Gallacher, reporting from Miami, said according to police reports people began “shooting indiscriminately into the crowd”.

“The chief of police says he thinks this was a targeted attack,” Gallacher said.

“All of this of course coming at the back of a huge spike in gun violence in this country,” he added.

“This is a serious shooting … there are many questions that remain,” he said, including what type of weapons were used in this shooting.

The incident is the latest of several recent mass shootings in various parts of the country. There were at least 200 mass shootings in the country in the first 132 days of this year, a report by the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit research group, said.

SOURCE: REUTERS

 

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