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📰 Miami-Dade was plagued by a rash of shootings during the long weekend. Prolific filmmaker and dedicated Miamian Billy Corben has been consistently posting updates regarding the wave of violence; per a recent post, there were at least eight incidents spread across six days. As noted by international outlets like The Guardian, two instances were mass shootings: The first took place in Wynwood on Friday night, and as of writing, left one person dead and six injured.
The second occured in the Hialeah area west of Miami Gardens at the El Mula banquet hall around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday. According to reports, the three perpetrators were clad in masks and fired more than 100 rounds from handguns and semi-automatic rifles at patrons waiting in line for a concert at the venue. As of press time, two people have been reported dead and more than 20 injured. Video has been released of the three suspects exiting and reentering a white Nissan Pathfinder before and after the shooting; as noted by NBC 6 South Florida, “Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are offering a $30,000 reward in the case, and businessman Marcus Lemonis is offering a separate $100,000 reward.”
Miami-Dade police director Alfredo Ramirez called the killings “a cowardly act” when speaking to the Miami Herald, adding “This type of gun violence has to stop. Every weekend it is the same thing. This is targeted, this is definitely not random.”
Furthermore, Miami New Times shared that chart-topping rapper DaBaby was brought in for questioning by Miami Beach police in connection to a shooting on Ocean Drive late Monday night. By late Tuesday, authorities announced that the artist had been released and two suspects were formally placed into custody. More information on this weekend’s various shootings can be found right here.
In other news…
🌪 Hurricane season is officially here. Yesterday marked the start of one of the most nerve-wracking, unpredictable times of the year, but fortunately, experts aren’t anticipating quite as strong a showing in 2021 as last year. With that said, be sure to take advantage of Florida’s tax holiday for hurricane supplies happening right now. You can purchase emergency items including flashlights and batteries at a reduced price now through Sunday, June 6. (Local 10 / NBC 6 South Florida)
🗣 We were happy to mention last week that the start of June was bringing Pride Month along with it. Unfortunately, the annual celebration of LGBTQ+ history, identity, and liberation got off to a bittersweet start for Floridians. Yesterday Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the controversial “Fairness In Women’s Sports Act” into law, prohibiting transgender women from participating in girls sports teams at Florida schools. Gina Duncan, the director of transgender equality for Equality Florida, shared a statement noting in part that “This bill is shameful, violent, and just made the world less safe for our most vulnerable young people.” (The Daily Beast)
🏀 Both the Miami Heat and the team’s home are in a transitional phase. As the team starts its offseason after being pushed out of the playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks, analysis is pouring in as to why the Heat couldn’t recreate last year’s NBA Finals success story. Simultaneously, the new name of the AmericanAirlines Arena — the consonant-filled FTX Arena — becomes official on Friday, and the stadium’s signage is changing to match. (CBS Sports / CBS Miami)
👒 Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has tossed her hat into the race for state governor. Yesterday, she shared a video on Twitter announcing her candidacy and outlining her qualifications to succeed DeSantis in the governor’s seat. Fried is the only Democrat to hold a statewide elected position; she will square off against former Florida governor and current U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist in the Democratic primary. (NBC News)