Eight Shot at Miami Martin Luther King Day parade


Clemence Michallon

Eight people have been injured, including an 11-year-old, during a shooting amid Martin Luther King Jr Day celebrations in Miami.

Shots rang out Monday afternoon while hundreds of people had gathered at Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park after the annual parade. The victims were all between 11 and 30 years old and included five children.

One victim, a 20-year-old man, was left in critical condition while five were stable as of Monday night, the Miami Herald reported. Two other victims, girls aged 11 and 13, were grazed and have been treated and released.

Police have taken two people in for questioning and have retrieved two firearms from the scene. It is unknown whether there are additional suspects at large.

The shooting occurred around 3:40 pm, while families had gathered for a festival after the MLK Day parade.

Spectators ran for safety when they heard the shots

Jerome Battle, 20, Michael Clarke, 30, as well as teenage girls Lajada Benson, 14, Nakya-Senat Butler, 15, and Alfanesha Timesages, 17 and Shawnteri Wilson, 18, were injured in the shooting.

Battle was in critical condition, while the others were all stable, the Miami Herald wrote.

Also injured were 13-year-old Keionna Green and 11-year-old Ciara Johnson, who were grazed. The two girls were treated at the scene and have been reunited with their parents.

Crowds were pictured by ABC News dispersing in a panic after shots rang out.

Miami-Dade police described the investigation as ‘very active’ as of Monday night and didn’t provide a motive for the shooting.

Police director Juan Perez denounced the shooting on Twitter, calling it a ‘shameful closing to the MLK Parade’ and adding: ‘Certainly not what the followers of Dr King Jr want out of our community.’

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