- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

15 hurt - many underage

MIAMI - A shooting sent terrified patrons scrambling from a Miami nightclub early Sunday and left 15 people wounded, including an 11-year-old child, authorities said.

When Miami police and rescue crews arrived at a club called The Spot around 1 a.m., they said they found chaos among the large throng of adults and teenagers gathered there. There were wounded people inside and outside the club, some too hurt to flee, Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said.

He said the first emergency crews arriving on the scene were warned to use caution “because there was still active shooting taking place in the area.”

One person was reported in critical condition and the other victims remaining in the hospital were in stable condition, said police spokeswoman Frederica Burden, without elaborating. Some victims also had been released, but Burden said she did not know how many.

One male was found unresponsive and not breathing when emergency responders arrived. Five girls between 11 and 17 years old also suffered gunshot wounds, Carroll said.

Burden said it was not immediately clear how many shooters were involved or what prompted the violence. Police had not made any arrests as of Sunday afternoon, and had not publicly identified any suspects.

”We’re reaching out to the community now to find out if anyone knows anything or saw anything,” Burden said.

Many young people were at the site; at least three of the wounded were transferred to a pediatric unit, Carroll said.

”What was very surprising to the responders was that these were kids that were out at 1 o’clock in the morning in a club and this type of violence took place where a bunch of kids were gathering,” he said. “It’s very disturbing to see that.”

Investigators are interviewing the club owner to determine why so many underage children were there, said Burden.

Miami nightclub shooting hurts 15, including 11-year-old girl

Associated Press

Florida

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