SUV used in mass shooting that left two men dead Miami is found submerged in canal manhunt continues


Police in Miami have tracked down a vehicle that was used by three gunmen who killed two and injured more than 20 others early on Sunday morning. 

A Nissan Pathfinder was found by divers from the Miami-Dade Police Department that had been stolen May 15th.

It was found in Key Biscayne, east of Miami which has become a notorious dumping ground. 

Surveillance footage was released earlier on Monday with the car being found hours later

The manhunt continued into Memorial Day for the masked suspects who opened fire.

Earlier, police put out a video that showed gunmen getting out of the vehicle near the El Mula Banquet Hall before running back moments later. 

A snippet from surveillance video that showed a white SUV driving into an alley at the strip mall housing the El Mula Banquet Hall in northwest Miami-Dade, near Hialeah. 

The video shows three people getting out of the vehicle, one gripping a handgun, while the other two carried what police described as ‘assault-style rifles.’ 

The SUV was reported stolen two weeks ago and found in a canal in Key Biscayne

The SUV was reported stolen two weeks ago and found in a canal in Key Biscayne

Divers found the white Nissan Pathfinder that was involved in a mass shooting on Sunday morning was submerged in a canal in Miami-Dade County

Divers found the white Nissan Pathfinder that was involved in a mass shooting on Sunday morning was submerged in a canal in Miami-Dade County

.Detectives said on Monday that they had found the vehicle was in a canal in the area of 154th Street and Northwest Second Avenue

.Detectives said on Monday that they had found the vehicle was in a canal in the area of 154th Street and Northwest Second Avenue

Gunmen waited in the car for between 20 and 40 minutes for concertgoers to come outside to the front. 

They sprayed bullets indiscriminately into the crowd, even though police said the assailants had specific targets in mind. 

A number of people in the crowd pulled out their own weapons and shot back. 

Two men, both 26, were killed, and a 21-year-old was injured. 

A 31-year-old woman and two men, ages 21 and 25 are still in critical condition.

 Three others have been released from hospitals, including a 17-year-old who was shot in the leg. 

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Keon Hardemon, center, delivers his remarks during a news conference about Memorial Day weekend mass shootings on Monday

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Keon Hardemon, center, delivers his remarks during a news conference about Memorial Day weekend mass shootings on Monday

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine speaks during a press conference on the shooting

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine speaks during a press conference on the shooting

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo Ramirez III speaks during a press conference on Monday

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo Ramirez III speaks during a press conference on Monday

The gunfire erupted early Sunday at the El Mula Banquet Hall in northwest Miami-Dade County, near Hialeah, police told news outlets

The gunfire erupted early Sunday at the El Mula Banquet Hall in northwest Miami-Dade County, near Hialeah, police told news outlets

Law enforcement officials work the scene of a shooting outside a banquet hall near Hialeah, Florida on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Two people were killed and 23 others were shot

An estimated 20 to 25 people were injured in a shooting outside the banquet hall

The video shows the three men returning moments later and driving off into the darkness. In all, 23 people were shot. In addition to the two fatalities, three others were in the hospital in critical condition. Because of privacy laws, police were not releasing the names of any of the victims. 

The SUV used in the shooting was later found Monday submerged in a canal. Police said the vehicle was reported stolen two weeks ago. 

‘We will do everything, everything we can and use every resource available to bring these people to justice. We will leave no stone unturned, we will leave nothing behind to bring these shooters to justice,’ Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a news conference. 

‘We know that our intended target was most likely in front of the establishment when the shooting took place,’ added Major Jorge Aguilar of the Miami-Dade Police Department. 

Mourning father, Clayton Dillard, is ushered to the lobby of Miami-Dade Police headquarters after emotionally interrupting a news conference hosted by Mayor Daniella Levine Cava about the shooting this weekend in Northwest Miami-Dade

Mourning father, Clayton Dillard, is ushered to the lobby of Miami-Dade Police headquarters after emotionally interrupting a news conference hosted by Mayor Daniella Levine Cava about the shooting this weekend in Northwest Miami-Dade

Clayton Dillard III was one of two people killed early Sunday morning outside of a Northwest Miami-Dade banquet hall during a mass shooting that sent 21 others to the hospital

Clayton Dillard III was one of two people killed early Sunday morning outside of a Northwest Miami-Dade banquet hall during a mass shooting that sent 21 others to the hospital 

Police at the press conference, which was held in front of Miami-Dade police headquarters in Doral, quickly surrounded Dillard and pulled him inside the building

Police at the press conference, which was held in front of Miami-Dade police headquarters in Doral, quickly surrounded Dillard and pulled him inside the building

Clayton Dillard, center, was also seen outsider the scene of the shooting on Sunday

Clayton Dillard, center, was also seen outsider the scene of the shooting on Sunday

Law enforcement officials work the scene of a shooting outside a banquet hall near Hialeah, Florida on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Two people were killed and 23 others were shot

Law enforcement officials work the scene of a shooting outside a banquet hall near Hialeah, Florida on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Two people were killed and 23 others were shot

Police Director Alfredo Ramirez III said on Sunday that he believed the attack was targeted, with police continuing to search for the suspects

Police Director Alfredo Ramirez III said on Sunday that he believed the attack was targeted, with police continuing to search for the suspects

Police say they are now scrubbing through surveillance footage from the exterior of the banquet hall in an attempt to identify the three suspects who opened fire.

No arrests have yet been made but authorities are offering a $130,000 reward for information on the shooting.  

Earlier on Monday, a grieving father interrupted a news conference just as the Miami-Dade Police Department’s director, Alfredo ‘Freddy’ Ramirez III, was decrying the weekend’s gun violence and appealing for the community’s help in tracking down the shooters.

‘You killed my kid with no reason,’ the distraught man yelled out as he was escorted away from cameras. Police laterer confirm that the man, Clayton Dillard, is the father of one of two 26-year-old men who were gunned down outside.

‘That is the pain that you see. That is the pain that affects our community right there before you,’ Ramirez said.

Police recovered almost 100 shell casings from outside the banquet hall, where party-goers fired back at the three suspects

Police recovered almost 100 shell casings from outside the banquet hall, where party-goers fired back at the three suspects

Two people were dead at the scene of the shooting and three are in critical condition

Two people were dead at the scene of the shooting and three are in critical condition

Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo called for the justice system to ‘throw the book’ at criminals caught with illegal firearms. 

‘Most (of) these cowardly misfits don’t fear death, they do fear long prison sentences,’ Acevedo tweeted Sunday morning.

‘Firearms belong in the hands of law-abiding Americans of sound kind, more (must) me done to keep them out of the wrong hands.’

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called for ‘swift and severe’ justice.

‘We mourn the loss of the two victims and are praying for the recovery of the more than 20 people injured at El Mula Banquet Hall near Hialeah,’ he wrote in a tweet. ‘We are working with local authorities to bring justice to the perpetrators.’

Gun-related homicides have surged across the United States over the past year.

On Wednesday, a public transit worker shot dead nine people at a California rail yard before turning his gun on himself as police arrived.

Mass shootings have occurred in recent months at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, an office building in California, a grocery store in Colorado and at several spas in Atlanta. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477) or (866) 471-8477. 



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