Fifteen people were wounded early Sunday when a shootout erupted at a Miami nightclub, authorities said.
The shooting took place at The Spot, which opened about a month ago in a shopping strip mall next to a smoke shop. Frederica Burden, a spokeswoman for Miami police, said the victims were between the ages of 11 and 25 years of age and that one of them was hospitalized in critical condition.
“We have no motive,” Burden told USA TODAY. “We don’t know if it was one or several shooters, or how many shots were fired.”
Burden said investigators were trying to determine what kind of party was going on at the club, noting that some of the victims were not old enough to drink alcohol.
“We don’t really know what was going on,” she said. “We don’t know how people in that age group would fit in. It is baffling.”
Burden said it appeared that 13 people were hospitalized; two were treated and released. But she added that only seven people were transported to hospitals by fire and rescue personnel, the rest were driven by friends and family. That has made the count more difficult to confirm, she said.
Witnesses told CBS4 in Miami they heard almost 100 shots fired from at least four different guns.
Miami Fire and Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said his team found chaos when they arrived on the scene. “People were screaming” while friends tried to deal with their wounds, Carroll said.
One male was found unresponsive and not breathing when emergency responders arrived. Five girls between 11 and 17 years old also suffered gunshot wounds, Carroll said.
“What was very surprising to the responders was that these were kids that were out at 1 o’clock in the morning in a club and this type of violence took place where a bunch of kids were gathering … it’s very disturbing to see that,” Carroll said.
SOURCE: USA Today – John Bacon