Miami police have located a vehicle used by three gunmen who killed two and injured more than 20 others on Sunday morning.
A Nissan Pathfinder was found by divers from the Miami-Dade Police Department that had been stolen on May 15.
It was found in Key Biscayne, east of Miami, which has become an infamous landfill.
Surveillance footage was released earlier on Monday and the car was found hours later
The manhunt continued into Memorial Day for the masked suspects who opened fire.
Earlier, police posted a video showing gunmen getting out of the vehicle near the El Mula Banquet Hall before running back moments later.
An excerpt from a surveillance video showing a white SUV pulling into an alleyway at the El Mula Banquet Hall strip mall in northwest Miami-Dade, near Hialeah.
The video shows three people getting out of the vehicle, one with a pistol in hand, while the other two were carrying what police described as ‘assault rifles’.
The SUV was reported stolen two weeks ago and found in a canal in Key Biscayne
Divers found the white Nissan Pathfinder involved in a mass shooting on Sunday morning was submerged in a canal in Miami-Dade County
.Detectives said Monday they found the vehicle in a canal near 154th Street and Northwest Second Avenue
Gunmen waited in the car for between 20 and 40 minutes for the concertgoers to come out.
They fired bullets into the crowd indiscriminately, although police said the attackers had specific targets in mind.
Several people in the crowd withdrew their own weapons and fired 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, makes his comments during a press conference about mass shootings over Memorial Day weekend on Monday
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine speaks about the shooting at a press conference
Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo Ramirez III speaks at a press conference on Monday
The gunfire broke out early Sunday at El Mula Banquet Hall in northwest Miami-Dade County, near Hialeah, police told news outlets.
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 in the darkness. In total, 23 people were shot. In addition to the two fatalities, three more were in hospital in critical condition. Due to privacy laws, the police did not release the names of the victims.
The SUV used in the shooting was later found submerged in a canal on Monday. Police said the car was reported stolen two weeks ago.
“We will do everything, everything we can and use all available means to bring these people to justice. We will leave no stone unturned, we will leave nothing to bring these gunmen 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 occurred,” added Miami-Dade Police Department Major Jorge Aguilar.
Grieving father Clayton Dillard is led into the lobby of the Miami-Dade Police Department after emotionally interrupting a press conference hosted by Mayor Daniella Levine Cava about the weekend shooting in northwest Miami-Dade.
Clayton Dillard III was one of two people killed early Sunday morning outside a party hall in Northwest Miami-Dade during a mass shooting that sent 21 others to hospital
Police at the press conference, which was held outside the Miami-Dade Police Department in Doral, quickly surrounded Dillard and pulled him into the building.
Clayton Dillard, center, was also seen outside the shooting site on Sunday
Law enforcement officers work at 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 he believed the attack was the target, as police continue to search for the suspects.
Police say they are now searching CCTV footage of the outside of the banquet hall in an effort to identify the three suspects who opened fire.
No arrests have been made yet, but authorities are offering a reward of $130,000 for information about the shooting.
Earlier on Monday, a grieving father interrupted a press conference as Miami-Dade Police Department director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez III denounced the weekend’s gun violence and called on the community to track down the gunmen.
“You killed my child for no reason,” the distraught man yelled as he was led away from cameras. Police later confirm that the man, Clayton Dillard, is the father of one of two 26-year-old men who were shot outside.
“That’s the pain you see. That’s the pain our community is facing for you,” Ramirez said.
Police found nearly 100 shell casings from outside the banquet hall, where partygoers shot back at the three suspects
Two people were dead at the scene of the shooting and three are in critical condition
Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo called on the justice system to “throw the book” at criminals caught with illegal firearms.
“ Most (of) these cowardly misfits are not afraid of death, they do fear lengthy prison sentences, ” Acevedo tweeted Sunday morning.
“Firearms belong in the hands of law-abiding Americans of a healthy kind, more (I must) do to keep them out of the wrong hands.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called for “quick and stern” justice.
“We mourn the loss of the two victims and pray for the recovery of the more than 20 injured at El Mula Banquet Hall near Hialeah,” he tweeted. “We are working with local authorities to do justice to the perpetrators.”
Firearms-related homicides have exploded in the United States in the past year.
On Wednesday, a public transit worker shot dead nine people in a California railroad yard before pointing his gun at himself when 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 several spas in Atlanta.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477) or (866) 471-8477.