Miami: A mass shooting outside a Miami housing complex on Tuesday left two people dead, a teenage girl clinging to life and six others seriously wounded. Police have not captured the shooters.
One man was so immersed in the carnage surrounding him that he didn't realise he'd been shot three times. Another victim got shot in the face. And a 17-year-old girl, now barely clinging to life, had two bullet holes in her chest and three in her leg, family members said.
Moments before, at a small apartment building, 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 fired.
Bennae Robinson (centre), aunt of shooting victim Kevin Richardson, reacts to the death of her nephew who was gunned down outside an apartment complex in in Miami, Florida, on Tuesday. Photo: Getty/Angel Valentin
When the shooting stopped at 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 family members and friends tried to sort through the chaos.
When Mr Richardson's body was removed by coroners nearly eight hours after the shooting, his mother began to shriek, friends holding her upright as she swayed from side to side.
A body is removed from the site of the latest mass shooting in the US. Two people are dead and seven injured after two men discharged automatic weapons into a crowd in Miami, Florida. Photo: Getty/Angel Valentin
"He said he was coming back. I want my baby," Hermonya Richardson cried.
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 weren't aware of a motive.
Hermonya Richardson is comforted by friends following the fatal shooting of her son Kevin Richardson, 30, in Miami, Florida. Photo: Getty Images
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," a Miami police spokeswoman said.
Kevin Richardson's family spent Tuesday consoling each other behind police tape and about 30 metres from his body. One family member, concerned witnesses might remain quiet in fear of retaliation, made a statement.
"If you know anything, come forward and say something, because it could be your child," Mr Richardson's aunt, Bennae Robinson, said.
Not a lot of people were coming forward on Tuesday. One woman described the shooting scene to friends, saying she ran into an apartment when the bullets started to fly.
At Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Centre, where the victims were taken by Miami Fire Rescue, and where friends and family gathered, people sat on the grass chatting and spoke on their cellphones.
A woman whose 31-year-old son was shot said she lived across the street from the crime scene. She said her son was simply hanging out on a hot summer night, talking and drinking with friends when the barrage began.
"When the smoke cleared, I just saw bodies," she said.
The Miami Herald