An 11-year-old was wounded early Sunday when gunfire broke out in a Miami nightclub filled with teens and young adults. As shots rang out, those inside the nightclub fled the building in a panic. In addition to the 11-year-old, fourteen other people were also wounded during the attack. It is known that at least one of the victims is in critical condition.
First responders to The Spot nightclub arrived at approximately 1 a.m. under orders to remain on high alert due to “active shooting taking place in the area,” according to Miami Fire Rescue Captain Ignatius Carroll. He described a scene of chaos amid a large gathering of both young adults and teenagers, with screaming and calls for help from those shot and friends of those who had been shot. Those injured were discovered both inside and outside of the club, and some of those shot suffered injuries too severe to allow them to escape from the scene.
Due to the number of those injured, EMT’s were forced to treat many of the victims on the sidewalk. Six of those injured were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening wounds, in addition to the young man discovered not breathing. A few of the shooting victims went to the hospital on their own. A spokesperson for the hospital reported that without permission from the families of those injured, she was unable to comment on their conditions.
Emergency medical personnel discovered one male who was not breathing and unresponsive. Of those shot, five were girls from 11 to 17 years old. CBS Miami reports that all of the victims were under 25 years old. Witnesses reported that it sounded like there had been approximately four guns and that around 100 shots were fired. Although a motive for the shooting is unknown, The Miami Herald spoke to a witness who was located across the street at the time the gunfire broke out. The 28-year-old said that it appeared to her as though two different groups began to shoot at each other and that there were approximately 100 people in the club who were caught in between. Because the club’s front door was open, she was able to see flashes of light from the gunfire.
Carroll remarked that authorities arriving on the scene had been disturbed by the number of children at the club at 1:00 a.m. An investigation is underway to determine why such a large number of underage children were present at The Spot. He said that officials with the Fire Department will investigate the club in order to find out if it is licensed for gatherings, if it is a teen club and whether or not the children were gathered for an event.
The Miami Herald reports that the teens danced to music and drank strawberry daiquiris in the “new’ club, located in a Miami strip mall, sandwiched between a tobacco store and a furniture shop. State records show that the club was granted a liquor license in April.
Miami police spokeswoman Frederica Burden reported that there were no suspects and no arrests had been made. At this point, it is unclear how many shooters were at the club. The listed phone number for The Club is out of service.
By Jennifer Pfalz