Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Police Want Justice In Weekend Mass Shootings – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – After a bloody weekend in Miami-Dade that left three people killed and more than 30 others injured, district leaders are taking action and seeking help locating those responsible.

“We have to get these killers off the streets, we can only do it with your help,” said Daniella Levine Cava, mayor of Miami-Dade. “We have to break this cycle of violence. There is a cycle, gun violence is an epidemic, and the pandemic has exacerbated it. We need to invest in public safety and we need to invest in our communities. “

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Speaking to Miami-Dade Police Headquarters, Levine Cava said her administration is focused on identifying the root cause of crime and providing residents with the services they need. The mayor said they had to do both – prevent and seek justice.

One person died and six others were injured in the shooting on Friday night in Wynwood in the area of ​​NW 20 Street and NW 1 Court.

Early on Sunday morning, two dead and over 20 injured were killed in a mass shooting in front of the El Mula banquet hall to the northwest of the Miami-Dade banquet hall. Three of the injured are in critical condition.

Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III said the shootings did not represent the county.

“We are a community built on trust, we take care of our children, we take care of our families, no matter what part of the community you come from, we are all one,” said Ramirez. “I am very grateful to this community that has provided information to bring justice to these killers. These gun-fueled killers targeting individuals while meeting innocent people unrelated to their beef, ruining families, harming mothers, that is the pain that affects our community. “

Ramirez collectively said we must work harder to bring justice to families.

“The Miami-Dade police are not going to stop. We will bring justice, our community is united, ”he said.

Miami-Dade Police Major Major Jorge Aguiar of the Homicide Squad said the violence was pointless and despicable. He said her investigators believe the mass shootings at the El Mula banquet hall were likely related to the gang. It happened at an album release party by rapper Spitta – Foetpack also performed.

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“A crowd gathered in front of the house while they waited to enter the place. We have investigative information that a white Nissan Pathfinder approached the side of the entrance, three people armed out of the Pathfinder, and opened fire on the crowd. As a result of this first shooting, several groups in the parking lot also armed themselves and opened fire on the first riflemen. This resulted in several people being transported to hospitals in Counties Miami-Dade and Broward. A total of 23 people were shot dead, two died on the scene and three were seriously injured in hospital. So far, three people have been released and the rest are being hospitalized. We have intelligence that this is due to an ongoing rivalry between two different groups. We know that the intended target was most likely ahead of the establishment when the shooting took place, ”said Aguiar.

He didn’t say who they thought the intended target was, but said they would continue to go through the extensive forensic evidence.

“This is a community problem. We have to solve this together. We have to find a way to stop this senseless violence before it gets out of hand, ”said Aguiar.

Miami Dade Commissioner Keon Hardemon called the recent domestic terrorism shootings.

“Every time a Sagittarius hits 20 people, most of whom have nothing to do with their problem, if they knock them down and die in our community, it is meant to prevent us from living normal lives in Miami-Dade County. It’s supposed to keep us from going out and having fun, it’s supposed to keep us from being part of the economic system, that is, it calms our communities, ”he said.
“If you look at the recent shootings that have taken place in areas where people wanted to have fun, it routinely happens in areas where people are used to gun violence.”

Ramirez said at the banquet hall shoot they got some tips but need more.

“I am very grateful that this community is providing information to do justice to those murdered and those caused by gun violence,” he said.

The reward for information leading to an arrest was increased by $ 100,000 when Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis pledged to help his hometown.

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The ATF said it would add $ 25,000 to the reward money, making a grand total of $ 130,000. The total includes $ 5,000 offered by Crime Stoppers.

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