May 17, 2022

At least three people were killed, and numerous others were injured in a mass shooting in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The incident transpired at around 2 a.m. Sunday in a hookah lounge in a strip mall in Kendall, Miami-Dade County, southwest of Miami.

According to Miami-Dade Police, two vehicles entered the strip mall and began shooting at people exiting the lounge. According to reports, the cars involved were a white Toyota Camry and a dark-colored Chevrolet Malibu.

Witnesses observed the cars fleeing the scene of the shooting. For the vehicles involved in the shooting, an all-points bulletin was issued.

Among those killed was a woman who worked for the state correctional system and died in a hospital. The report stated that the other two victims were inside a vehicle that contained a firearm and collided with a Miami Dade College Kendall campus. Six people were injured and transported to nearby hospitals.

According to police, the six injured were in stable condition. No arrests were made yet concerning the shooting.

“Our community was again painfully struck by gun violence overnight. No one is immune, this shooting took the life of a correctional officer,” said Freddy Ramirez, Director of Miami-Dade Police Department. “We all have the responsibility to report these killers. My deepest condolences to those affected by this intentional act of violence.”

The incident comes after another mass shooting last Sunday outside a banquet hall in Hialeah, Miami-Dade County, where two people died and more than 20 were injured.

“This violence has to stop. This is completely frustrating. Every weekend is the same thing,” Director Ramirez said. “We’ve got to stop it here in Miami-Dade County. We’ve got other victims and their families that are destroyed over senseless violence, over stupidness, reckless shooting, innocent people getting hit.”

The increase in gun violence compelled Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava to beef up enforcement and protective measures, particularly in areas with historically high crime rates and where illegal businesses have been busted.