SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A pool party in Southwest Miami-Dade ended in a scramble to safety after attendees said they heard shots fired.
Miami-Dade Police officers responded to the scene after reports of shots fired at the pool party, which is annually hosted at a home near Southwest 107th Street and 109th Place, at around 9:30 p.m., Saturday night.
Attendees said gunshots sent people frantically running for their lives, leaving the home and lawn trashed in the process.
“When I first heard the gunshots, I started running in the house because I was terrified,” said attendee Summer Wilcox, who was visiting from Orlando.
Video posted on social media by Only in Dade captured revelers rushing into the street and ducking behind cars. One of the clips was captioned, “Where there’s a shooting next door at the party.”
Partygoers even cleared down a fence as they ran away.
“I was running this way, running that way, and I just feel it was very traumatic for me,” said attendee Sixx Indigo Jones.
7News cameras captured police combing through the block and marking bullet casings, as well as the mess revelers left behind.
Police have yet to confirm what happened at the pool party but confirmed that the preliminary investigation revealed evidence of gunfire at the scene.
There were no reports of anyone being struck by bullets, but witnesses said there were minor injuries in the chaos.
“People were jumping in the pool. People were running in the backyard, broke the gate,” said Wilcox. “There was just a lot of chaos. People running, leaving their shoes. People falling, getting trampled over. I was just flabbergasted by all of it.”
While this wasn’t the start to summer that partygoers had hoped for, they said that despite the scary moments, they’re grateful everyone made it out OK.
“It kinda got me kinda scared to go to more parties and stuff, but this is always a nice party ’cause I come usually every year, and it’s the first time it’s ever been like this,” said Jones.
“I’m just happy I can go home to my three kids. I’m just happy,” said attendee Rika Prince. “All jokes aside, this is so scary, like, I will never come down here no more for a party.”
The shooting remains under investigation.
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