The incident stems from a continuing rivalry between two different groups, Maj. Jorge Aguiar of the Miami-Dade Homicide Office said on Monday. It is believed that the intended target was standing in front of the concert hall when the shooting started, he said.
Shortly after midnight on Sunday, a white Nissan Pathfinder pulled up to the El Mula banquet hall near Hialeah, Police Director Alfredo Ramirez III said.
It was then that three people “got out of the vehicle with assault rifles and handguns and started shooting indiscriminately at the crowd,” Ramirez said.
Several other people in the parking lot then armed themselves and opened fire on the first shooters, Aguiar said. The end result was a huge crime scene with two dead and 23 people injured, three of them with serious injuries, Aguiar said.
Ramirez said on Sunday that the shooting at the club was “targeted” and “certainly not random”.
The white Nissan Pathfinder had been waiting in the parking lot for 20 to 40 minutes before the shoot, he said on Monday.
The shot leaves two in critical condition
The injured were taken to various hospitals in the region.
Five victims were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. Two of them are in critical condition, according to hospital spokesperson Kerting Baldwin.
The banquet hall and billiard club had been hired for a concert on Saturday night, Ramirez said.
Aguiar called this weekend’s shooting a senseless act of violence.
“For you guys over there – if you look at this and you’re responsible for it – look at these victims that you ignore, these victims are suffering, they are being destroyed, their lives are turned upside down,” he said.
CNN’s Tina Burnside, Eric Levenson and Raja Razek contributed to this report.