A shooting at a graduation party has left at least three dead and six others injured, the latest in a series of shootings in the Miami area, police said on Sunday.
The party had just ended in a parking lot at a mall just south of Miami-Dade College around 2 a.m. on Sunday. One or more vehicles “stopped and started shooting at the crowd,” Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo “Freddie” Ramirez said at a press conference.
The identities of those killed and injured were not immediately disclosed on Sunday. Two died at the scene and another died in hospital, Ramirez said.
The person who died in hospital has been identified by authorities as Tyleisha Taylor, 20, who had worked at Dade Correctional Facility since January 2020.
“We are devastated to learn that a member of our FDC family, Officer Taylor, was killed in a fatal shooting. Our prayers are with her family as they go through this unimaginable loss,” said the secretary of services. Correctional Officer Mark Inch, in a statement.
“It just shows the magnitude of this gun violence problem,” Ramirez said at the press conference. “It doesn’t just affect the community, it affects the law enforcement community as well.”
Two men also died when their car crashed into a wall at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus as they fled the scene. At least one gun was in the car, Ramirez said, but the exact connection to the shooting was unclear.
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Sunday’s shooting follows last week’s shooting that left three people dead and 20 injured during a bloody yet unsolved Memorial Day weekend.
“This violence must stop,” Ramirez said. “It’s extremely frustrating. Every weekend it’s the same. And we just have to unite. We did Operation Summer Heat, made a lot of arrests, seized a lot of guns and here we are again. “
Another May 28 shooting in the Wynwood area killed one person and injured six others.
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 brunt 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.
Contribution: Associated Press