|Mckayla Bazile, age 5|
Mourners were attending the funeral of a young gang member in North Miami, Florida, when an argument broke out. A rival gang member opened fire on the attendees with an assault rifle and handgun, killing two men and wounding 12 people, in one of the worst mass shootings to happen in south Florida.
Among the wounded was a 5-year old girl, Mckayla Bazile, who was shot in the leg.
From the article:
One of the victims, a 43-year-old man, died outside the funeral home, authorities said. The other, a 27-year-old man, died at the hospital. Witnesses at the funeral home had said one of the two people killed was shot in the chest. Their names have not been released.
A 5-year-old girl, identified by her family as Mckayla Bazile, was shot in the leg and hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital along with eleven other victims.
Mckayla’s grandmother told CBS4’s Maggie Newland that the girl has a bullet lodged in her leg bone that doctors do not plan on removing, however, she should fully recover. The grandmother said she was on the phone with Mckayla when the barrage of bullets began and the girl said, “Grandma, I’ve been shot.”
The commander said someone at the wake touched Andre’s body in the casket in a way that other gangs took as disrespectful. This led to an argument inside the funeral home which spilled out to the street.
Members of one gang retrieved an assault rifle and a handgun from a car and opened fire at other gang members in front of the funeral home, according to the CBS4 source.
Pastor Lenoir was with the victim who died on the scene. “It’s horrible seeing someone pass on like that.”
Lenoir had a message to community following the shooting.
“It’s horrible the way our young people are responding to anger, to frustration, to their fears, to whatever issues they’re experiencing, it’s a low-down shame and I think it should quit. If you have problems, I think you should talk to your pastor, talk to someone that can help you, not to respond violently.”.