A manhunt for multiple murderers was ongoing in South Florida after armed men opened fire in front of a banquet hall early Sunday, killing at least two people and injuring more than 20, police said.
The shooting broke out in El Mula Banquet Hall in northwest Miami-Dade County near Hialeah, police said. The hall had been rented out for a concert. Three people rolled out of an SUV and opened fire on the crowd outside, said Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III.
“I am at the location of another targeted and cowardly act of gun violence, in which over 20 victims were shot and unfortunately 2 died,” tweeted Ramirez. “These are cold-blooded killers who shot indiscriminately in a crowd and we will seek justice. My deepest condolences to the victims’ families.”
Camping World CEO and TV personality Marcus Lemonis tweeted that he was offering a $ 100,000 reward “to help the authorities in my hometown … arrest and convict the suspect (s)”.
Ramirez said the police were grateful for the reward offer.
“This is our community, we are stronger together,” said Ramirez. “We need our county to get information.”
Two people died on the scene, police said. Up to 25 people went to different hospitals for treatment. Family members and loved ones gathered outside the Jackson Memorial Emergency Room waiting for information.
Angelica Green told Local 10 news that her 24 year old son was shot in the stomach.
“He called us frantic and said he was shot, it hurts and he loves us,” said Green. “He said the boys came in with ski masks and hoodies and had just started shooting the crowd.”
No arrests were announced immediately, and the police asked the community for help and gathered surveillance materials looking for evidence.
The shooting occurred approximately 24 hours after one person was killed and six others were wounded in a passing gunfight in the Wynwood area of Miami, the Miami Herald reported.
“It is very difficult to stop a small number of people who want to go there and commit murder and we need all of us to stop it,” Ramirez told the newspaper. “We really have to work this summer to protect our children and the community.”
Contributor: The Associated Press