Police: 14 people shot outside Miami funeral home

Two died from injuries

— Fourteen people were shot outside a Miami funeral when gunmen opened fire on a crowd of mourners, leaving a scene that one witness described as "a war zone," authorities said Saturday.

The shots were fired Friday at about 9:35 p.m. as services were taking place at the Funeraria Latina Emanuel, about 10 miles north of the city's downtown, the Miami-Dade Police Department said.

Jaques Leonet, a photographer for the funeral home, said a viewing for Marvin Andre was just finishing and people had begun walking outside. There was a crowd of mostly young adults who had gathered in front of the funeral home when a car drove by and opened fire.

People screamed and took cover. Several were left bleeding on the ground. Others ran back into the church, Leonet said.

"It was like a war zone," Leonet said.

When officers arrived at the scene, one man was dead and 13 others were injured. A second man died after being taken to the hospital. Police said the injured include a 5-year-old girl.

"I grabbed her so we could go and she was screaming," Someta Etienne, the girl's mother, told WSVN-TV.

Etienne thought her daughter was scared, but then saw blood coming from the girl's pants and realized she'd been shot in the leg. The child was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center and authorities said Saturday she was in stable condition.

The names of the two deceased adults have not been released.

A spokesman for the police department did not have any information on Marvin Andre or how he had died. Authorities declined to release any further details about the shooting Saturday, and are urging anyone with information to contact CrimeStoppers at 305-471-TIPS.


Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com


March 31, 2012 12:41 PM EDT

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