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2 dead, at least 20 wounded in Florida ‘targeted’ shooting

HIALEAH, Florida — Miami-Dade police were looking for the assailants who opened fire outside a banquet hall in south Florida early Sunday, killing at least two people and an estimated 20 to 25 more.

The gunfire erupted at the El Mula Banquet Hall in northwest Miami-Dade County, near Hialeah, police said. The banquet hall had been rented out for a concert and authorities believe the shooting was "targeted."

Three people "stepped out of the vehicle with assault rifles and handguns and started firing indiscriminately into the crowd," police director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III told news outlets during a briefing Sunday morning..

“These are cold blooded murderers that shot indiscriminately into a crowd and we will seek justice,” Ramirez added in a tweet.

Two people died at the scene, police said, while as many as 25 people went to various hospitals for treatment with at least one of those wounded hospitalized in critical condition.

No arrests were immediately announced. The Miami-Dade Police Department was asking anyone with information about the shooters or their whereabouts to contact authorities.

“This is a despicable act of gun violence, a cowardly act,” Ramirez later told the Miami Herald. "This type of gun violence has to stop. Every weekend, it's the same thing. This is targeted. This is definitely not random."

On Friday night, another shooting in the Miami area left at least one person dead and six others wounded. That mass shooting took place in Miami's Wynwood district.

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