A shooting war broke out outside the Funeraria Latina Emanuel funeral home in North Miami Friday night, killing two and wounding 12, including a five-year-old girl. As CBS Miami reports:
Aventura Police Sgt. Chris Goranitis told CBS4 News the funeral was for 21-year-old Morvin Andre who died on March 16th, one day after he jumped from the 4th to 2nd floor of the Aventura Mall parking garage in an effort to escape pursuit by Bloomingdale’s loss prevention employees … The [senior police] 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.
The pastor at the scene recalled, “It was horrific, people were going crazy, screaming, running, just chaos.” The five-year-old victim, McKayla Etienne, took a bullet in the leg. She is currently in a full body cast.