At Least 3 Shot and 5 Others Injured During Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Eight people including five children were injured at Northwest Miami-Dade Park Monday afternoon.

Police have reported at least three people were shot on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, during a celebration honoring the civil rights hero. Police and other emergency personnel arrived at 6011 N.W. 32nd Avenue just after 4:00 pm in response to a shooting at the park.

Via Local 10 News:

Miami-Dade police said an 18-year-old woman, a 20-year-old man and three children were shot. Two other girls were grazed by bullets. They were treated at the scene and released to their parents. A 13-year-old girl was among the shooting victims, family members told Local 10 News.

All three shooting victims were transported to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Police said two people have been detained and are being questioned about the shooting.

Today is supposed to be about honoring a man who lost his life fighting for peace and equality for all. How can we expect others to respect us if we don’t first respect ourselves?

“Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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