Mass shooting in Miami leaves two dead

Last updated 17:13 25/06/2014
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MASS SHOOTING: A body is removed after the latest shooting in the US. Two men discharged automatic weapons into a crowd in Miami, Florida.

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A mass shooting outside a Miami housing complex has left two people dead, a teenage girl clinging to life, and six others seriously wounded.

One man was so immersed in the carnage surrounding him that he didn’t realise he’d been shot three times. Another victim got  blasted in the face. And a 17-year-old girl, barely clinging to  life on Tuesday, had two bullet holes in her chest and three in her leg, family members said.

Moments before, at a small apartment building across from the  Liberty Square housing complex, two men had pulled up in a dark SUV as more than a dozen people were hanging out, talking and drinking. The men climbed out, lugging high-powered automatic weapons, and  took aim.

When the shooting stopped about 2.15am on Tuesday, more than five dozen shell casings littered the parking lot, footpath and  street. Two men were killed and seven people were wounded in one of  the worst mass shootings in Miami in decades.

The body of Kevin Richardson, 30, lay covered by a tarp, partly obscured by a makeshift barricade, as dozens of family members and  friends who flooded the area tried to sort through the chaos.

The other dead man was identified by police as Nakeri Jackson,  26. The teenage girl in critical condition — the only female shot —  and the other victims were not identified.

Publicly, police said they aren’t aware of a motive.

But sources say the two men, carrying an AK-47 and an AR-15, were firing at an intended target who might not have even been in the crowd.

The shooters have not been identified or captured. Police were tagging beer bottles and other paraphernalia around the crime scene hoping to find DNA matches or other evidence that might help identify the shooters.

‘‘The motive at this point is still unknown. We’re still  investigating,’’ said Miami police spokeswoman Frederica Burden.

-The Miami Herald

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