Last year there were more than 43,000 gun-related deaths in the United States, including suicides, according to the Gun Violence Archive
Two people died and at least 20 were injured on Sunday when three men fired into the crowd gathered in front of a concert hall in Miami, in the southeastern United States, local police said.
The shooting occurred at dawn in a billiard hall located in a commercial park near Miami Gardens, northwest of the center of the coastal city.
The venue was holding an event, and several organizers were outside the venue when an SUV approached the scene, police said in a statement. “Three individuals got out of the vehicle and began firing indiscriminately at the crowd,” he added. Those three people got back in the car and fled the scene.
Upon arrival at the scene, emergency services found two deceased, according to the statement. At least 20 wounded ended up in hospital, with at least one of them in critical condition. In a tweet, the director of the Miami-Dade County Police Department, Alfredo “Freddy” Ramírez III, called the act “cowardly.” “They are cold-blooded killers who fired indiscriminately into a crowd and we will seek justice,” he said.
The United States has a long and painful history of deadly gun violence, with a constant number of daily shootings, as well as mass killings that have targeted schools, workplaces and shopping centers. Homicides, mostly caused by firearms, have increased in the country in the last year.
In recent months there have been shootings at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, an office building in California, a grocery store in Colorado and at several spas in Atlanta.
US President Joe Biden last month called firearm violence in his country an “epidemic” and “international shame.”
Last year there were more than 43,000 gun-related deaths in the United States, including suicides, according to the Gun Violence Archive.