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Florida shooting : Miami shooting dead, 20 injured

 Florida shooting : Miami shooting dead, 20 injured

Hialeah (US) - Two people were killed and at least 20 injured on Sunday when three men "shot at the crowd" outside a nightclub in a city in Florida where a large Cuban community lives, within the metropolis  Miami, local police said.

Florida shooting : Miami shooting dead, 20 injured
Police officers outside the "El Mula Banquet Hall" in Hialeah, Miami on May 30, 2021

 The shooting took place at night in a commercial artery of Hialeah, the city in the United States with the highest concentration of Cuban inhabitants or of Cuban origin.

 "El Mula Banquet Hall" hosted "a scheduled event and several spectators stood outside," Miami-Dade County Police said in a statement.

 Three individuals then got out of an SUV "and started shooting blindly at the crowd."  The trio then got back into the car and fled, according to the same source.

 Two people were killed, while at least 20 injured were hospitalized, at least one of them in critical condition.

 "It's really scary," Angelica Green, an African-American woman whose son and nephew, both aged 24, were shot and wounded in the shooting, told AFP on the spot.

 "He's not a bad kid," she said of her son, who was shot in the abdomen as he tried to enter the room to attend the presentation of a  rap album.

 "Sometimes the kids get in a mess, but in this case he didn't even have a chance to join in the party," "some guys came in with hoods and balaclavas and started showering the crowd with  bullets for some reason we don't know, ”she added.

 In a tweet, County Police Director Alfredo "Freddy" Ramirez III condemned "a targeted and cowardly armed act".

 - "Cold-blooded murderers" -

 "They are cold-blooded murderers who shot indiscriminately in a crowd, and we will seek justice," he said.

P The police called for any testimony to identify and locate the perpetrators of the shootings.

 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also assured on Facebook that the state was working "with local authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice."  "Justice must be swift and severe," he insisted.

 The United States has a long and painful history of gun violence, with high-profile shootings targeting schools, workplaces and shopping malls.  Homicides increased in the country last year.

 Florida remains particularly marked by the massacre perpetrated in June 2016 by an American of Afghan origin in a gay nightclub in Orlando, where 49 people were killed.

 In recent months, shootings have taken place at a FedEx center in Indianapolis, an office building in California, a grocery store in Colorado and several spas in Atlanta, among others.

 On Wednesday, a public transportation company employee killed eight people at the company's San Jose, Calif., Site before taking his own life.

 This umpteenth shooting had once again revived the debate on the proliferation of firearms in the United States.

 "Enough," said President Joe Biden on Wednesday, again urging "Congress to act immediately and heed the will of Americans, which includes a large majority of gun owners, to end this epidemic.  gun violence in America ".

 But Democrats only have narrow majorities in Congress, which reduces the possibility of parliamentarians adopting major reforms in this area.

 According to the Gun Violence Archive, there were more than 43,000 gun-related deaths in the United States last year, a figure including suicides.

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