2 Dead, Over 20 Shot Following Event Outside NW Miami-Dade Venue: Police

This marks the second mass shooting in South Florida on Memorial Day weekend

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Two people were killed and more than 20 people were injured in what police called a "targeted and cowardly act" early Sunday morning outside a Northwest Miami-Dade banquet hall.

The shooting took place just after 12:30 a.m. at a release party for a local rap artist at El Mula banquet hall, located at 7630 Northwest 186th Street.

The Miami-Dade Police Department said two people died, three are in extremely critical condition, and 17 others were shot and transported to six or seven area hospitals between Dade and Broward counties. Many initially drove themselves to the hospital.

This marks the second mass shooting in South Florida on Memorial Day weekend. A gunman opened fire in Wynwood late Friday, killing one person and injuring six others.

Angelica Green, the mother of one of the victims, said her son called her in the middle of the night to tell her he was shot and on his way to the hospital.

"He called us frantic, telling us he had been shot, that it hurts, it hurts and that he loves us and wants us to know," Green told NBC 6. "My husband is like 'no stay with us, stay with us.' We hop in the car and we're talking to him to keep him alert."

Team coverage of the latest details by NBC 6's Tony Pipitone, Johnny Archer and Marcine Joseph.

MDPD Director Freddy Ramirez said it appeared to be a targeted attack. People were standing outside the building when three shooters drove up in a white Nissan Pathfinder and began shooting into the crowd with assault rifles and handguns.

"This was a despicable act of gun violence, a cowardly act, " said Ramirez.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Gov. Ron DeSantis commented on the shooting on Twitter.

“We mourn the loss of the two victims and are praying for the recovery of the more than 20 people injured at El Mula Banquet Hall near Hialeah. We are working with local authorities to bring justice to the perpetrators. Justice needs to be swift & severe!” DeSantis tweeted.

American businessman and philanthropist Marcus Lemonis has contributed $100,000 for the capture and arrest of the shooters.

"I’m offering a $100,000 reward to help authorities in my hometown @MiamiDadePD arrest and convict the suspect/suspects .. pass this on," Lemonis said in a tweet.

Police and city officials have expressed their outrage over the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Police or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Crime Stoppers just announced a reward of $30,000 in partnership with the U.S Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco and Firearms, for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators. This is aside from the $100,000 reward offered by Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC's "The Profit", on Sunday.

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