Daniel A. Varela / AP
MIAMI (AP) – Three people have died and at least six others injured in shooting at a Florida graduation party, the latest in a spate of such violence in the Miami area police said on Sunday.
One of those killed was a state corrections officer, Miami-Dade Police Director Freddie Ramirez told media. He said the mall lounge party ended when one or more vehicles “pulled over and started shooting at the crowd.”
The identities of those killed and injured were not immediately disclosed on Sunday. The shooting took place around 2 a.m. in the suburb of Kendall.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said she was “horrified” by this latest shooting.
“We will not allow a small group of violent actors to terrorize our community, and violent offenders will face the full weight of the law,” she said in a statement on Sunday.
“I am fully committed to ensuring that the Miami-Dade Police Department has all the resources necessary to end this cycle of gun violence and prevent further tragedies by removing violent criminals from the streets,” she added.
Two of the deceased were in one of the cars police said was involved in the shooting. The vehicle accelerated and crashed into a nearby wall. Authorities found at least one gun in the car, but its exact link to the shooting was unclear.
Sunday’s shooting follows a bloody Memorial Day weekend in the Miami area that saw three people killed and 20 injured in a still unsolved mass shooting at a banquet hall.
Another May 28 shooting in the Wynwood area killed one person and injured six others.
“Every weekend it’s the same. We have to regroup,” said Ramirez. “There is a lot of work to be done. We have to come together as a community and stop this.”