Martin Luther King Day shooting: Eight people shot during MLK celebrations in Florida


Eight people have been shot during Martin Luther King Day celebrations in the US state of Florida. Police said shots were fired as crowds gathered at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Northwest Miami-Dade County to pay their respects to the assassinated civil rights leader.
 

"Look at us, we are running, we are shooting at other other," witness Stern Ferguson said in a video from the scene, shared on Facebook. Miami-Dade Police said two girls, one 13 and the other 11, were grazed by bullets and were treated on the scene. A 20-year-old man is reported to be a critical condition, while at least four others were also recovering. Their condition is listed as stable

Police said all the victims were African-American.

 

Social media posts from the events show big crowds running in fear shortly after the gun shots rang out. "We are here running for our lives, people are here shooting," Mr Ferguson said as he filmed the crowd taking cover. He said people ought to "be ashamed of ourselves on Martin Luther King holiday shooting at each other".

A reporter from the Miami Herald said several hundred people had attended the event. An officer from Miami-Dade Police condemned the shooting on Twitter, describing it as a "shameful closing to the MLK Parade". At least two people have been taken in for questioning, and two firearms have also been recovered, according to police.

Police have not said what the suspected motive for the shooting was.

Monday is a public holiday in the United States to celebrate Martin Luther King. He campaigned for racial justice until he was assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39.


AP
 
Martin Luther King Day shooting: Eight people shot during MLK celebrations in Florida Martin Luther King Day shooting: Eight people shot during MLK celebrations in Florida Reviewed by Nene Sochi-Okereke on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 Rating: 5

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