Miami-Dade County, Florida - Eight people were shot, including four teenagers and an 11-year-old, during a celebration honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
According to Local 10ABC News, the incident took place on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, at about 3:40 PM at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. There was a large celebration at the park when the first shots were fired. According to The LA Times, the celebration at the park began after the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade in the Liberty City neighborhood. A vendor said that thousands of people scattered when the shots began.
Two suspects were detained and two guns were recovered at the scene. Several of the victims were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center for treatment. One victim is listed in critical condition five victims are listed in stable condition, and two were treated and released. According to NBC News, it wasn't clear if the shooting was related to the holiday or what the motive was.
A witness, Dathan Dupree, said "I think it's terrible, I think it makes no sense, on this day, that we're celebrating a man who was all about non-violence, that this kind of violence (occurs)." The investigation is ongoing, and additional suspects are possible. Juan J. Perez, Miami-Dade Police Director, said that the shooting "was a shameful closing to the MLK parade." He also said that the incident was "certainly not what the followers of Dr. King Jr. want out of our community,"
We, too, think that it is a shame that people cannot gather to honor someone who was an advocate for peace without violence occurring. Our thoughts and prayers are with those that were injured.
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