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2 killed, multiple wounded in Miami shooting


By FERNANDO PEINADO

MIAMI (AP) -- Two people were killed and multiple others wounded in a shooting early Tuesday in a Miami neighborhood plagued by violence, police said.

Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso said the dead include a 20-year-old man and a teenage girl. Police officials say a 17-year-old girl was critically wounded in the shooting near an intersection in Liberty City around 2:30 a.m.

"I'm not sure how it occurred," police spokeswoman Frederica Burden said. "We're investigating it now. I don't know if they were all outside standing, some in a car, some not in a car. I don't know that yet."

Last April in Liberty City, a historically low-income neighborhood, a gunman opened fire into a crowd outside a corner store killing a woman and wounding two men.

Alfonso said at the scene that city officials are going to try to reassess their strategy against crime. "We are going to work with our law enforcement partners to make it better," he said.

Although a police official said six more officers and a canine unit had been assigned to the neighborhood, a news release from the Fraternal Order of Police said the shooting was a consequence of a lack of manpower and resources.

"We have reached a tipping point in the district where the criminal element has no fear of our police officers and are beginning to act with impunity," said the news release signed by Miami police Sgt. Javier Ortiz, who is president of the city's FOP lodge, according to its website.

The statement urged policemen not to respond to calls that require two officers alone.

"Folks, people are getting killed in groups three blocks outside of our police station. If this isn't a wakeup call to our stakeholders, I don't know what is," said Ortiz.

The police union described the shooting as a gangland style assault in which nearly a dozen people were shot.

At the crime scene, the sidewalk was littered with dozens of spent shell casings marked by green police cones and shattered glass by mid-morning Tuesday. People standing nearby said they were afraid to talk about the shootings.

A crying woman was comforted by others. "My baby ain't deserved this. They treated him like a dog," she yelled repeatedly.

One resident, Jose Hernandez, said gun violence is an almost daily occurrence in the area.

"I have friends who have been killed," Hernandez said. "This violence has to change."

A Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital spokeswoman said she couldn't release information, including how many people were brought there. She also said the patients had chosen not to release information about their medical conditions.

Police were asking anyone with information about the shootings to come forward.

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jc4117 June 24 2014 at 10:26 AM

Another two bit gang related shooting that idiot Obama can use to say, "More innocent young people killed by guns". Innocent my white ass.

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debnaert June 24 2014 at 10:38 AM

Who the heck is UP at 2:30 in the morning on a week day? WELFARE recipients and people who DON'T work for a living.

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Tom June 24 2014 at 2:29 PM

I was a cop for 26 years. I have a degree in criminology and minors in psychology and sociology. I can tell you that the majority of gun related deaths are no great loss, even tell you that it's a case of good riddance. They were not victims, they contributed nothing to society, and rode the coat tails of the American taxpayers. They only exist because of our liberal government and its policies that reward idleness. Our own government is primarily responsible as it is the great enabler that created and perpetuates the system that breeds crime, ignorance, and mediocrity.

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quarterz25 June 24 2014 at 10:25 AM

Those pesky guns just decided to go out last night and cause trouble. They walked down the street and just started shooting themselves. By the way I have yet to see any of these shootings done by anyone who obtained their firearm legally. So go ahead keep passing gun laws to make us safer, they are working well so far.

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circus1804 June 24 2014 at 10:49 AM

96.4% "African-American"...100% predictable

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thorrsman June 24 2014 at 10:04 AM

Liberty City?

Isn't that a heavily gang-infested area of Miami?

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professorwes June 24 2014 at 12:33 PM

And The Cause ?...

Guns ?...poverty ?...overcrowding ?...
PC sociologists use these to steer clear of the obvious...

African-and Hispanic-American cultures are rapidly and rabidly decaying, devouring themselves, as violence replaces civility...depravity replaces decency...

=The welfare state serves to sustain them...
=Political correctness serves up excuses for them...
=The upright, peaceful and honorable (if they can) maintain distance from them...
=Our legal system will not stop them...
=They multiply for extra hand-outs...they vote to create the travesties like Obama...
=Taxpayers continue to pay for them...
=Where they flourish in numbers become Detroits...
=Human life has no value to them...

That's the reality from those who live and deal with realities, rather than with foolish hopes that some magic elixer may be found to repair these grim realities...

There IS NO CURE...generations of political correctness have made it so...

the prof...

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Ray June 24 2014 at 10:18 AM

Ahhh! Florida…….The vacation state.

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Joy June 24 2014 at 10:23 AM

I hope we never get so jaded that we forget that two young lives have been lost and those families will NEVER be able to hold them in their arms again.

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LMetz11822 June 24 2014 at 10:37 AM

Here we go again another senseless shooting. No doubt it will be another case of the killer having easy access to weapons.

People who oppose the argument of background checks will again try to argue that if everyone had a gun this could have been prevented; yet in the last shooting in Las Vegas all of the innocent victims who were killed had a gun; which were the two police officers and the Walmart customer who tried to pull out his legal handgun, but was shot dead before he could use it.

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