Tags: miami | mlk | shooting | injured

Miami MLK Shooting Injures Several on Holiday Honoring Civil Rights Leader

(Stern Ferguson III via Facebook)

By    |   Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017 06:28 AM

A Miami MLK Day shooting interrupted a celebration at a park named for the late civil rights leader on Monday, leaving eight people shot and numerous others injured.

Police said that the shooting occurred about two hours after an annual MLK Day parade during a festival at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, according to the Miami Herald. Authorities said they took two people into custody and recovered two weapons, but are still trying to piece together what exactly sparked the shooting.

WSVN-TV reported that the shooting victims include five children and three adults with ages ranging from 11 to 30. Authorities confirmed around 5:20 p.m. Monday that they had two people in custody.

According to the Miami-Dade Police, six of the shooting victims were hospitalized with five listed in stable condition, according to WSVN-TV. One, 20-year-old Gerome Battle, was listed in critical condition after two surgeries.

"Right now they just said he's in surgery," Cameron Beacham, a cousin of Battle's, told WSVN-TV. "He was shot in the leg and I'm hearing it went through the back."

Two shooting victims, ages 11 and 13, were treated on the scene and released to their parents, according to the television station.

Authorities closed the park after the shooting, abruptly ending the annual festival where families and residents gather to eat, play, and listen to music. The Herald stated that the parade has been tradition there since the 1970s.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who stood behind King as a youth during the Civil Rights Movement, spoke in Miami that morning during the city's annual MLK Day breakfast, NBC Miami reported.

Lewis has been caught up in a controversy with Donald Trump after saying he did not see the president-elect as a "legitimate president" because of claims about Russian meddling in last year's election, the station noted.

Trump responded on Twitter by criticizing Lewis, saying that his district was in "horrible shape and falling apart (not to Mention crime infested) (sic)," according to NBC Miami.

In Monday's speech, Lewis urged attendees to get involved in politics and voting.

"We all must become participate in the democratic process," said Lewis, who is boycotting Trump's inauguration. "When you get old enough to register to vote go and register to vote. The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent instrument or tool in a democratic society and we must use it."

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
TheWire
A Miami MLK Day shooting interrupted a celebration at a park named for the late civil rights leader on Monday, leaving eight people shot and numerous others injured.
miami, mlk, shooting, injured
402
2017-28-18
Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017 06:28 AM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved