The incident stemmed from an ongoing rivalry between two different groups, Miami-Dade Homicide Bureau Maj. Jorge Aguiar said Monday. The intended target was believed to have been standing in front of the concert venue when the shooting began, he said.
Shortly after midnight Sunday, a white Nissan Pathfinder pulled up to the El Mula Banquet Hall near Hialeah, police director Alfredo Ramirez III said.
That’s when three people “stepped out of the vehicle with assault rifles and handguns and started firing indiscriminately into the crowd,” Ramirez said.
Several others in the parking lot then armed themselves and opened fire toward the initial shooters, Aguiar said. The end result was an extensive crime scene with two dead and 23 people wounded, including three with critical injuries, Aguiar said.
Ramirez said Sunday the shooting at the club was “targeted” and was “definitely not random.”
The white Nissan Pathfinder had been waiting in the parking lot for 20-40 minutes before the shooting, he said Monday.
Shooting leaves two in critical condition
The wounded were taken to various hospitals in the area.
Five victims were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. Two of them are in critical condition, according to hospital spokesperson Kerting Baldwin.
The banquet hall and billiards club had been rented out for a concert Saturday night, Ramirez said.
Aguiar called this weekend’s shooting a senseless act of violence.
“For you guys out there — if you are watching this and you are responsible for this — look at those victims that you don’t take into account, those victims are hurting, they’re destroyed, their lives are turned upside down,” he said.
CNN’s Tina Burnside, Eric Levenson and Raja Razek contributed to this report.