Two dead and 20 injured in mass shooting at Florida club

Police say assailants pulled up in off-road vehicle and opened fire with assault rifles and handguns

Two people were killed and more than 20 injured in a mass shooting in southern Florida in the US early on Sunday.

Police are searching for the assailants who pulled up outside a billiards club to the north-west of Hialeah, a suburb of Miami, and opened fire on a crowd using handguns and assault rifles.

“I am at the scene of another targeted and cowardly act of gun violence, where over 20 victims were shot and two have sadly died,” Miami-Dade police director Alfredo Ramirez III said on social media.

“These are cold-blooded murderers that shot indiscriminately into a crowd and we will seek justice.”

The gunfire erupted early Sunday at El Mula Banquet Hall, which had been rented out for a concert.

Three people got out of an off-road vehicle and opened fire on the crowd outside, Mr Ramirez said, in what is believed to be a targeted shooting.

It one of several that have taken place in the past few weeks in the US, and fuels the debate over the country's gun laws.

It comes before the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, when Omar Mateen killed 49 people on June 12, 2016.

About 40,000 people in the US die each year in gun incidents. More than half of them are suicides.

There were at least 200 mass shootings in the country in the first 132 days of this year, according to a report by the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit research group.

Updated: May 30, 2021 11:59 PM

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