The shootout was due to an ongoing rivalry between two different groups, said Maj. Jorge Aguiar of the Miami-Dade Homicide Bureau on Monday. The intended target was believed to be in front of the concert venue when filming began, he said.
Shortly after midnight Sunday, a white Nissan Pathfinder stopped at the El Mula banquet hall near Hialeah, Police Director Alfredo Ramirez III said.
Then three people “got out of the vehicle with assault rifles and handguns and started shooting at random,” Ramirez said.
Several others in the parking lot then armed themselves and opened fire on the first riflemen, Aguiar said. The end result was a sprawling crime scene with two dead and 21 other wounded, including three with serious injuries.
The surveillance video released by the police shows the white vehicle coming to a stop in an alley near the venue. Three armed people, all dressed in black, with face covers and hoods over their heads, get out of the car and run away from the screen. Less than 10 seconds later, the video shows them walking back to the vehicle and getting in as the driver quickly exits the scene.
Ramirez said Sunday the club’s shooting was “purposeful” and “definitely not accidental”.
The Pathfinder waited 20 to 40 minutes in the parking lot before firing, he said on Monday.
Investigators found the Pathfinder submerged in a canal on Monday afternoon, the police said. The vehicle was reported stolen on May 15.
Two dead were left behind during the shooting
All those injured in the shooting were identified as black and were between 17 and 32 years old, according to a police press release.
The two people killed were both 26-year-old men, the police said. Of the 21 injured, three are in critical condition, three have been discharged and the rest remain in hospital.
Clayton Dillard III was one of the two people killed, several family members told CNN.
According to his grandmother, 26-year-old Dillard had a 2-year-old son. She told CNN that family members tried repeatedly on Sunday to call Dillard and tried to look for him in local hospitals. Later that afternoon, several members of the extended family spent several hours at the shooting range.
His father, Clayton Dillard Jr., interrupted the press conference Monday at the Miami Dade Police Headquarters and shouted a message to those in charge: “You all killed my child!
Although Miami-Dade police wouldn’t reveal names, Aguiar confirmed that the man who cut off the press conference is the father of one of the two deceased victims.
Aguiar described the shooting that weekend as a senseless act of violence.
“For you out there – if you watch this and be responsible for it – look at the victims you ignore, these victims are hurt, they are destroyed, their lives are upside down,” he said.
CNN’s Laura James, Raja Razek, Amir Vera and Holly Yan contributed to this report.
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