8 People Shot After MLK Day Parade

It was an ironic conclusion to a celebration of nonviolence.

By Jaime Lutz

A celebration of the nonviolent protests of Martin Luther King Jr. went south on Monday when eight people were shot after the annual MLK Day parade in Miami, the Associated Press reported.

After the parade, hundreds of people gathered in a nearby park when shooting suddenly broke out for an unclear reason, sending people stampeding through the mid-afternoon celebration. The eight people who were shot mostly received minor injuries, with only one person in critical condition, according to the AP.

The injured people range in age from 11 to 30.

Police recovered two guns from the scene and brought two suspects in for questioning. 

A spokesperson for the Miami-Dade Police Department told Oxygen that no one has yet been charged in connection to the shooting, including these suspects.

The shooting was a “shameful closing to the MLK Parade,” tweeted Juan Perez, director of the Miami-Dade Police Department. “Certainly not what the followers of Dr. King Jr. want out of our community.”

[Image of Miami MLK Day Parade Marcher, 2009: Getty Images]

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