Shooting outside a banquet hall in Florida: 2 dead, 25 wounded

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Police say 2 people are dead and about 20 to 25 people injured in a shooting outside a banquet hall in northwest Miami-Dade County, South Florida.

The shooting began early Sunday outside El Mula Banquet Hall in Hialeah. The banquet hall was reportedly turned in for a concert at this point. Three men got out of an SUV and opened fire on the crowd outside with machine guns and pistols, said Police Chief Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III.

Authorities believe the shooters had a specific target. “These are cold-blooded killers who fired indiscriminately into the crowd, and we will pursue justice,” Ramirez tweeted. According to police, two people died at the scene. Another 25 people sought medical attention at various hospitals.

No arrests have yet been reported. “This is a despicable act of gun violence, a cowardly act,” Ramirez stressed to the Miami Herald. Commenting on the incident on social media, Governor Ron Desantis said he was “grieving” for the victims and “praying” for the victims – to which Democratic Senator Chevrin Jones said it was time for Desantis to take more drastic action than prayers. He urged the governor to sit down with Democrats and discuss workable ways to address the firearms problem. “There have been prayers for victims for years, but those prayers have done nothing for the African-American – or any other – community when it comes to gun violence,” Jones said.