Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2017 - Miami-Dade Police announced a $21,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of those behind a January 16 mass shooting in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in Miami, Florida.
The incident occurred toward the end of a parade honoring the legacy of the slain civil rights leader for which the park is named. At least one unidentified shooter opened fire on the crowded park. Hundreds of spectators, including families and children, ran for safety. Eight people ranging in age from 11 to 30 were shot and five others were transported to local hospitals with injuries.
“After multiple tragic mass shootings in Florida within a month, the spotlight has yet again turned to gun control,” said Miami criminal defense attorney Jordan Redavid. “This could have serious consequences for people charged with violent crimes that involved the use of a deadly weapon. They may face overzealous prosecutors disregarding their rights and hoping to make an example out of them.”
Miami-Dade Police Director Juan J. Perez said the investigation into why the shooting happened and who was responsible for it is ongoing. A gang fight is suspected to be behind the violence.The police department released descriptions of two men being sought in connection with the shootings. They were both described as 18 or 19-year-old African Americans.
Authorities arrested two men at the park on separate weapons charges not connected to the shooting. Alexander Brito-Peralta, 28, and Tavarius Flowers, 29, were detained for carrying a concealed firearm. Flowers was also charged with child abuse. According to arrest records, Flowers told police he put two of his sons under the playground and left his firearm with them while he went to search for his third son.
“The laws are especially harsh toward people charged with weapons violations. In Florida, carrying a concealed firearm is a third-degree felony that can result in a five-year prison sentence,” commented Redavid. “That’s why having the assistance of an experienced lawyer who can fight such harsh punishment can make all the difference.”
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