Two people were killed and at least 20 injured when three men shot at crowds outside a nightclub in a Florida city where a large Cuban community lives in metropolitan Miami.
On May 30, a shooting took place in a commercial artery of Hialeah, the city in the United States with the highest concentration of Cuban inhabitants or of Cuban origin.
El Mula Banquet Hall hosted “a scheduled event and several spectators stood outside,” Miami-Dade County Police said in a statement. Three individuals then got out of an SUV “and started shooting blindly at the crowd.”
The trio then got back into the car and fled, according to the same source. Two people were killed, while at least 20 injured were hospitalized, at least one of them in critical condition.
In a tweet, County Police Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III condemned “a targeted and cowardly armed act.” “They are cold-blooded murderers who shot indiscriminately in a crowd, and we will seek justice,” he said.
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. 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.
– Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III (@MDPD_Director) May 30, 2021
The police appealed for any testimony to identify and locate the perpetrators of the shootings. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also assured on Facebook that the state was working “with local authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.” “Justice must be swift and severe,” he insisted.
The United States has a long and painful history of gun violence, with high-profile shootings targeting schools, workplaces and shopping malls. Homicides increased in the country last year.
Florida remains particularly marked by the massacre perpetrated in June 2016 by an American of Afghan origin in a gay nightclub in Orlando, where 49 people were killed.
In recent months, shootings have taken place in a FedEx center in Indianapolis (Indiana), in an office building in California, in a grocery store in Colorado and in several spas in Atlanta (Georgia), among others.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, there were more than 43,000 gun-related deaths in the United States last year, a figure including suicides.