Carli Teproff, Miami Herald, September 29, 2014
The party in the new club continued into the wee hours Sunday morning. Strawberry daiquiris flowed. Music from DJ Bay Bay pulsed. Teens were chilling and dancing.
Then came the gunfire.
Witnesses said they heard dozens of rounds, maybe 100, rip through a storefront Miami nightclub called The Spot, wedged between a furniture store and a smoke shop.
When the gunfire stopped, 15 young people were wounded, bloodied and dazed, the youngest of them 11 years old, the oldest 25.
One 15-year-old boy was in critical but stable condition Sunday. Most of the other wounds were not life-threatening, and some of the injured were treated and released.
Police say they, too, don’t know exactly what triggered the violence. At least one witness said it appeared that two groups of people were shooting at each other.
Owners or managers of The Spot, 6410 NW Seventh Ave.–which bills itself as as a lounge, Caribbean restaurant and bar–did not answer the door Sunday to speak about the party or the shootings.
Perhaps the most sobering part of the latest outbreak of club carnage is the tender ages of some of the victims. Witnesses and people who had been in the club say the party was geared toward the teen crowd.
To one 28-year-old woman who was across the street when the shooting started, it seemed as if the shooters were trading fire, with 100 or so club-goers caught in the middle. The club’s front door was open at the time, and the woman said she could see the flashes of gunfire inside.