Miami, Florida – A state corrections officer and two others are dead following a shooting early Sunday. The incident took place at a Southwest Miami-Dade graduation party. MDPD Director Freddy Ramirez said the shooting took place inside a strip mall parking lot near the intersection of SW 104th Street and 109th Court. Ramirez said at least one vehicle pulled into the parking lot near where the party took place and began opening fire.
The shooting took place just a week after 23 people were shot, including two killed at a concert in the same area.
Two of the deaths occurred when a car crashed into a wall at nearby Miami Dade College’s Kendall campus According to NBC Miami. A firearm was found inside that car and the male victims inside the car have not been identified.
Ramirez said a female who was a state corrections officer died at Jackson South Memorial Center.
Five other people were shot and driven to area hospitals. The strip mall where the shooting took place contains a hookah lounge and a restaurant.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava issued a statement in which she said she was “horrified” by the tragedy.
“Protecting the safety and wellbeing of all Miami-Dade families and swiftly bringing those responsible to justice is our most urgent priority,” she said in the statement. “We will not allow a small group of violent actors to terrorize our community, and violent offenders will face the full weight of the law.”