(Reuters) – The assailants opened fire on a crowd outside a concert in Florida early Sunday, killing two people and wounding more than 20, police and media said.
Three people got out of a white van and fired assault weapons and pistols at revelers gathered for an album release party at El Mula Banquet Hall near Hialeah, a city in Miami-Dade County, according to local media.
“I am at the scene of another cowardly and targeted act of gun violence,” Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo Ramirez wrote on Twitter. “These are cold-blooded killers who fired indiscriminately into a crowd and we will seek justice.”
The Miami Herald said 20 injured victims were taken to local hospitals and posted a photo of friends and family holding hands in prayer outside a trauma center. CBS4 Miami said at least one victim remained in critical condition and that police had no one in custody until noon Sunday.
Angélica Green, from Miramar, told reporters that her son and nephew, both 24, were arriving at the event when they became some of the injured and shot. She said both were now in stable condition at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital.
She told Local 10 News that her son had phoned her “frantically, saying he had been shot, that it hurts and that he loves us.”
“He said the guys came in in ski masks and hooded sweatshirts, and they started shooting into the crowd,” Green said.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said state authorities were working to catch the perpetrators.
“Justice must be swift and severe!” wrote on Twitter.
The United States saw at least 200 mass shootings in the first 132 days of this year, according to a report by the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research group.
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