Eight people have been shot and six left in a critical condition following an ‘unprovoked’ attack by two gunmen at a basketball court in Miami.
Families were spending time at Little River Park at around 7.10pm yesterday when two gunmen, yet to be identified, began shooting at them.
Among those injured was a 16-year-old boy who was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center, NBC Miami reports.
Two gunmen are said to have started shooting at a group of people on a basketball court in Little River Park, Miami, last night. Pictured: Police at the scene
The shooting is reported to have taken place at around 7.10pm yesterday evening as families enjoyed a day at the park. Pictured: Police at the scene
Police say the gunmen approached a group playing basketball and began shooting at them unprovoked before fleeing the scene.
While speaking to reporters at the scene MDPD detective Angel Rodriguez made a plea to the public to stop the violence, WSVN reports.
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‘This is a senseless, heinous crime. There were adults, children, families, trying to share and trying to have a good time at a park on a Sunday before returning to school on Monday,’ he said.
He encouraged people who may have any information which could help with their enquiries to get in contact.
Eight people were shot and six have been left in a critical condition, including one 16-year-old boy who was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Pictured: Police at the scene
He said: ‘As you all know, we cannot do this alone. We need the community’s assistance to help us help you.’
Two people on stretchers were seen being placed into ambulances, with six of the victims said to be in a critical condition.
Crime scene investigations have been underway with officers seen labelling casings left at the scene.
Ages and descriptions of the victims have not been released while police continue to investigate the incident.
Those with information about the attack or where the gunmen are should contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
Elsewhere that same evening, four people were injured when another shooting took place in Allapattah .
The victims are said to be in a stable condition after they were taken to hospital.
It is not clear if the two shootings were connected.