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Day of non-violence ends in chaos; Eight people shot during Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations in Miami

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Eight people shot during  the Martin Luther King  Jr. Day celebrations in Miami-Dade, Fla., Monday 
Police have arrested two suspects, recovered two weapons within an hour of gunfire
MLK day parade shooting8.pngA male victim of the shooting being evacuated by EMTs
8-people-shot-during-mlk-parade-in-florida2Shocked MLK Day parade attendees watch as the mayhem unfolds
 A day dedicated to love of your neighbor and peaceful co-existence ended sadly, in violence,after eight people were shot during Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations in Miami on Monday. Several others were injured during a stampede to get out of the venue at Miami-Dade’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, on a day when the civil rights icon, Reverend King.

The shooting broke out at Memorial Park in Northwest Miami-Dade around 4 p.m., two hours after a Martin Luther King Jr. parade had ended, police said.
Juan Perez, Miami-Dade police director, took to Twitter to condemn the shooting by calling it “shameful” and “not what the followers of Dr. King Jr. want out of our community.”

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Juan Perez, Miami-Dade police director, condemned the violence on twitter
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Officers in Miami-Dade surround a home after several were injured in a shooting at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in Miami-Dade, Fla., Monday

Officers evacuated the park and placed two suspects in custody. Two weapons were recovered, as well, within an hour of Monday’s gunfire, police said. So far, the motives behind the shooting remain unclear. Miami-Dade police say among the eight people shot were three adults and five minors. An 18-year-old woman and 30-year-old Michael Clarke remain in stable condition while 20-year-old Jerome Battle is in critical condition, the Miami Herald reports.

8-people-shot-during-mlk-parade-in-florida4Traumatized young parade day goer being comforted by family after several were injured in a shooting at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in Miami-Dade, Fla., Monday
 Three of the teenage victims, 14-year-old Lajada Benson, Nakya-Senat Butler, 15, and Alfanesha Times, 17 , were taken to a local hospital in stable condition. Two other minors, Ciara Johnson, 11, and Keionna Green, 13, who were also grazed by bullets. were treated and released at the scene.
Parade goers who gathered to honor the civil rights leader quickly ran for cover when gunfire erupted and some were separated from their families during the chaos.
8-people-shot-during-mlk-parade-in-florida1Chaos at the scene: The parade had just concluded at Memorial Park in Miami, when the shooting broke out
 A mother to one of the victims’ Shante Kelsey, said her  18-year-old daughter Shawnteria Wilson, had been separated from her during the festivities, before finding out that she was shot moments later.
The Pan-African & Caribbean Family Festival was also held at the park, but police couldn’t confirm if the shooting had any connection to that event.

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