After a second mass shooting in the Miami-area left at least two dead and an estimated 20-25 others wounded, Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo argued Sunday that rising gun violence must be met with serious prison time for those prohibiting “law-abiding Americans” from possessing firearms.
“All of us in the greater Miami-Dade area must stand together against acts of violence, and our criminal justice system must throw the book at prohibited persons unlawfully caught with firearms, Acevedo tweeted. He said most of these “cowardly misfits” don’t fear death, but do fear long prison sentences. The Miami Dade Police Department announced a $100,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest or conviction in the shooting that happened around 12:30 a.m. at a scheduled event at a banquet hall on 186th Street in the Hialeah area to the west of Miami Gardens. The reward was provided by Camping World CEO and TV personality Marcus Lemonis to help authorities in his hometown.
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Police say several patrons were standing outside an establishment hosting a “scheduled event” when an SUV approached the front of the business, three suspects exited the vehicle and began “shooting indiscriminately at the crowd.” The suspects then got back into the SUV and fled. “This is the second mass shooting event in our region this weekend. If we don’t fully mobilize as a society against it, it will get worse before it gets better,” Acevedo continued on Twitter. “Firearms belong in the hands of law-abiding Americans,” he wrote. “You disrupt and prevent these cowardly acts of gun violence by giving serious prison time to those prohibited from possessing firearms — significant prison time when they are caught with in possession and any time someone uses a firearm during the commission of a crime.”
Miami Dade Police director Alfredo Ramirez III said he arrived at the scene of “another targeted and cowardly act of gun violence” where more than 20 victims were shot and two died. “These are cold blooded murderers that shot indiscriminately into a crowd and we will seek justice,” he wrote. “My deepest condolences to the family of the victims.” WTVJ reported that it happened outside a release party for a local rap artist at El Mula banquet hall. The Miami-Dade Police Department’s homicide bureau is investigating the mass shooting. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue initially responded and determined two victims were deceased on scene and transported eight others to various hospitals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
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