Shooting Shatters Celebration At Martin Luther King Memorial Event


A shooting at a Martin Luther King Memorial park celebration on Monday has injured seven people, including five children.

The shooting occurred at the park in Florida’s Miami-Dade section, during a celebration honoring the civil rights activist and the park’s namesake.

According to Miami-Dade police, an 18-year-old woman, a 20-year-old man, and three children were shot. Two other young girls, 11 and 13, were grazed by bullets. Those two were treated at the scene and released to their parents.

The five more seriously injured victims were all transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.

Miami-Dade Police recovered two guns and have also detained two people in connection with the shooting. Both are being questioned and no motive has been ascertained.

Local 10 News investigative reporter Jeff Weinsier said that “there was a large celebration at the park when shots were fired.”

Dathan Dupree, a vendor at the park said, “I think it’s terrible. I think it makes no sense, on this day, that we’re celebrating a man who was all about non-violence, that this kind of violence (occurs).”

Stern Ferguson III, who was at the scene of the shooting, posted his frustration on Facebook along with a video, saying, “We can’t do nothing as black people together!”  He said, “The Cubans can be out here all day, no problem, a million Cubans in the street all day with no problem, but look at us, we’re shooting at each other!”


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The following video catches the moment the shooting took place and all pandemonium broke loose.

H/T: Local News 10

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