Gunmen opened fire on mourners leaving the funeral of an 22-year-old shooting victim, killing two people and wounding 12 others, including a 5-year-old girl who was shot in the leg, Miami-Dade police said today.
The shooting occurred around 9 p.m. Friday, outside the Funeraria Latina Emanuel in North Miami. About 100 people were in the parking lot when gunmen in a passing car fired shots into the crowd, witnesses told ABC affiliate WPLG-TV in Miami.
“People were going crazy, screaming, running. It was just chaos,” Pastor Ad Lenoir told WPLG.
“The service was going on, nice, people was crying, talking, and suddenly someone pass by, start shooting,” funeral attendee Jacques Leonet said. “It’s more than crazy. They are destroying the community. No future. That’s all that it’s about.”
One person was declared dead at the scene and another died after being taken to the hospital, police said.
The 5-year-old girl was listed in stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Center.
“She was struck in the leg,” Lenoir said. “It was very sad and painful to see a little child go through something that traumatic. It was very horrible.”
“I grabbed her so we could go and she was screaming and I’m like why are you screaming, I thought she was scared,” the girl’s mother, Someta Etienne, told WSVN-TV. “Then I saw the blood coming from her pants.”
According to WSVN-TV, Miami-Dade were looking for six suspects and have said the vehicle involved was a white 2006 or 2009 Pontiac or Impala.
“It’s too early to tell what the motive may be, if anything the person they were viewing had anything to do with it,” Det. Alvaro Zabaleta said.