NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are searching for two people who, they said, opened fire at a park in Northwest Miami-Dade, sending six adults and two teens to the hospital.
Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the shooting at Little River Park, near Northwest 105th Street and 24th Avenue, just after 7 p.m., Sunday.
According to investigators, the subjects walked up to a group of people at a basketball court, took out firearms and opened fire without provocation, striking the victims.
“And without any provocation, they drew weapons and started shooting into the crowd,” said Miami-Dade Police detective Angel Rodriguez.
Police said the gunmen fled the scene on foot.
Six of the victims were critically injured, including a 16-year-old.
Andrea Ferbee, 21, said she plays basketball at Indian River Park almost every night. She said she was working when she got a text message from her mother saying she heard the shots immediately and told her to stay away from the park.
“I felt like my world ended after that text because this is my sacred place,” Ferbee said. “I was more shocked and devastated. Shocked because this hasn’t happened at this park at all. It’s been a family-oriented park, everyone comes here, everyone have a good time, and we play basketball.”
Ferbee said she was thankful she was working the night of the shooting.
“Because if I was here, I could’ve been one of those people, and I just thank God everyday for life,” she said.
As the victims fight to recover from the shooting, Miami-Dade Police director Alfredo Ramirez sent out a tweet saying in part, “This type of gun violence has to end. WE must work together as a community.”
Police are counting on the public for tips to track down the shooters.
“We cannot do this alone. We need the community’s assistance to help us help you,” Rodriguez said.
Police have not provided the victims’ ages or a description of the subjects, as they continue to investigate.
If you have any information on this shooting or the gunmen’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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