5 Children Among the Victims in Miami MLK Celebration Shooting
Shots rang out at what was supposed to be a celebration of the civil rights leader's legacy.
Among the victims of Miami's MLK celebration shooting were five juveniles, one aged just 11.
Shots rang out Monday afternoon at was supposed to be a Pan-African & Caribbean Family Festival to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., causing chaos near a park named for the civil rights leader.
The Miami-Dade Police Department said the victims range in from age from 11 to 30 years old.
WSVN reporters at the scene said they heard between four and six shots just before 4 p.m.
After a stampede of frightened bystanders fled, a total of eight victims were reported injured. One of them, 20-year-old Jerome Battle, was critically injured.
The other shooting victims were identified as Michael Clarke, 30, Shawnteri Wilson, 18, Alfanesha Times, 17, Nakya-Senat Butler, 15 and Lajada Benson, 14. Two girls — 13-year-old Keionna Green and 11-year-old Ciara Johnson — were reportedly grazed by a bullet.
At about 5:20 p.m., Miami-Dade police confirmed they had detained two people for questioning and recovered two weapons from the scene.
"I now can report that we have two people detained and are being questioned by our detectives," Detective Marjoria Eloi said, "And we have two firearms that have been detained."
Police had not identified the two people detained for questioning as of Tuesday morning.
"It is unknown if additional subjects are at large as this investigation continues to be very active," police said in a statement.
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