A shooting that occurred early this Sunday in the southwest of the Miami-Dade County, South Florida (USA), left three dead and at least six injured, reported local authorities.
The perpetrators of the shots, not yet identified by the authorities, approached in a couple of vehicles the parking lot of a commercial area and they started shooting at those who were leaving a place where a graduation party was taking place.
Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramírez reported that one of the fatalities is a woman who was a Florida correctional officer who died at a nearby hospital.
The other two deceased, Ramírez said, lost their lives when the vehicle they were traveling in crashed into a campus wall in the Kendall town of Miami-Dade College, located near the scene. A firearm was found inside the car.
Three women and three men were wounded by the gunfire and are being admitted to local hospitals.
“This gun violence has to stop, it’s frustrating, it’s the same every weekend”, Said Ramírez during a press conference.
The event occurs exactly a week after another gun attack in Miami-Dade County and that left three dead and at least 20 wounded. That shooting happened as many people were leaving an urban music concert at the El Mula banquet hall in the city of Hialeah, in northwest Miami-Dade, and heading to their vehicles.
The assistants were shot by the occupants of a white van, which days later was recovered by the police from a canal in which it had been submerged, but the authorities are studying whether there was a second vehicle from which it would have also fired.
Police has not reported the arrest of those allegedly responsible for that event or what happened this Sunday, for which there are ongoing investigations.
To counter the recent escalation of gun violence in the county, on Thursday the Miami-Dade City Hall and the Miami-Dade Police announced the so-called “Operation Summer Heat” (“Operation Hot Summer”), a joint plan between law enforcement agencies.
This is an increase in patrols that includes “overtime in long shifts in our most vulnerable moments,” said the main leaders of Miami-Dade, led by Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, about this operation that will last for twelve weeks.