Sources tell CBS4 that the Miami-Dade gunmen had a second car that law enforcement believes was used in the shooting that killed two people and injured 23 others at El Mula Banquet. The report stated that “investigators believe it was a coordinated attack, and they are still working to identify a second car involved in the shooting.”
South Florida is reeling after a shooting left 23 people injured and two people dead, the Miami Police say. Near Hialeah, Florida, El Mula Banquet Hall hosted a concert for the Rapper Spitta when security cameras recorded three people and a driver pulling up to the venue.
The three hooded subjects, armed with rifles and handguns, entered El Mula Banquet and began to shoot. CBS4 reported that “on Sunday night, there were 17 people at local hospitals, and three remained in critical condition.”
A neighbor, Gianna Donoso, described what she heard, saying, “It was like, ‘Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,’ and just kept going, and then it stopped for a little bit, then it went a little bit more then it stopped.”
The report stated “a senior law enforcement source” claimed that “several gunmen sat in a white Nissan Pathfinder SUV in the parking lot for up to 40 minutes, appearing to wait for a concert to end.” Also, the three gunmen weren’t the only shooters at El Mula Banquet, the report claimed. People in the crowded concert reportedly started shooting back at the subjects.
Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo told ‘Face the Nation’ that the shooting proves there is “an indication of the problem we have with the scourge of gun violence in this country that we need to do much more at a federal level to stop.”
He said, “We need the federal government and both sides to address this issue because without legislation, without certainty as it related to holding these criminals accountable, we’re never going to get through the summer.”
“During the concert, patrons were standing outside the business when a white SUV pulled up. Three subjects stepped out of the vehicle with assault rifles and handguns and began shooting indiscriminately into the crowd of which we believe is a targeted act of gun violence,” Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez told the press.
He said that the shooting was “a despicable act of gun violence” and “a cowardly act.” “This type of gun violence has to stop. Every weekend it is the same thing. This is targeted. This is definitely not random.”
Parents spoke to the press, expressing their grief and sorrow surrounding the event. Chad Harris’ daughter was shot at the concert. Harris said, “My daughter ended up getting shot in the middle of this.” He said, “Words cannot express how I feel right now. It’s a sad moment.”
Another father screamed, “Listen, my son is [lying] there. I need to hold him. I need to hold him. My son was everything I had. He did not deserve this.”
The CBS report states that local government officials are not letting the violence control their community. Instead, officials proposed “a $10 million plan to stem gun violence, which would include jobs for underserved young people and more surveillance cameras in high crime neighborhoods.”
Don’t listen to officials claiming the only way to curtail violence; you must take away the weapon instead of finding the source of the violence and turning off the tap. Guns are far from the reason there will be violence this summer.
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Evidently, the Miami police chief is a jerk. This is not a gun problem, or one in need of federal intervention. It’s a problem of weak laws, weak enforcement and prosecution, and a generally worthless court system.
The laws and system need to be adjusted to provide for more vigorous policing and prosecution, quick and short trials in cases where there is no question of what was done and who did it, and timely public execution of violent criminals (without regard to their age, or mental state). Potential criminals need to know there is a price to pay if they’re caught. Even if it doesn’t deter some of them, they won’t be doing it again, or costing the public millions to lock them away for life.