Twenty people shot, 2 killed in Florida banquet hall shooting


The Associated Press news agency reports the shooting took place outside the El Mula Banquet Hall, which had been rented out for a concert.

Paramedics pronounced two victims dead on the scene.

TWO people are dead and up to 25 people have been wounded after three gunmen reportedly fired assault rifles into the crowd outside a concert in Miami.

The trio then got back in the auto and fled the scene.

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.

Officers say three people stepped out of a white SUV and began shooting into the crowd. "These are cold-blooded murderers that shot indiscriminately into a crowd and we will seek justice". "This is a despicable act of gun violence, a cowardly act", Ramirez told the Miami Herald. "My deepest condolences to the family of the victims".

Florida remains marked by the 2016 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, in which a gunman killed 49 people and wounded at least 68 others.

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Last year, there was an increase in homicides, most of which were by firearms.

A search this week of the shooter's home - which was set ablaze shortly before the attack - turned up 12 guns, some 22,000 rounds of ammunition and suspected Molotov cocktails.

It was the second major shooting in the Miami area in as many days.

That followed recent mass shootings in Indiana, California, Colorado and Georgia. Florida Police are calling the shooting a "targeted act of violence".

"This type of gun violence has to stop", Ramirez said.

The United States counted the deaths of more than 43,000 people with firearms past year, including suicides, according to the "Archives of Weapon Violence".

Florida was the scene of a deadly school shooting in 2018 in which 17 people died.