THREE people have been shot dead in Miami and five more wounded after a gunfight erupted outside a hookah lounge where youngsters were enjoying a graduation party.
One of the victims was a female corrections officer, who died in hospital while the other two were found dead after a car they were in crashed.
A gun was found inside the crashed car.
The gunfight happened at around 2am in the Kendall district of southern Miami.
County Commissioner Raquel Regalado, who represents the district where the shooting took place, said: "I can't imagine the horror for these families when a celebration of their young graduates is marred by such unspeakable violence.
"This incident is proof that gun violence knows no boundaries in our Miami-Dade community."
Police are still looking for the second car involved.
The shooting follows a week after the worst mass shooting in the county in recent memory.
On May 30 three gunmen in ski masks and hoodies ambushed a crowd leaving a rap album release concert, at a club in Northwest Miami-Dade.
The killers unleashed a barrage of gunfire that killed two and injured 20 others.
It just goes to show you the magnitude of this gun violence issue
Miami-Dade Police Department director Freddy Ramirez said: "It just goes to show you the magnitude of this gun violence issue.
"It doesn't just affect the community, it affects the law enforcement community as well.
"We all have to band together. This violence has to stop."
He added: “And this is extremely frustrating. Every weekend is the same thing.”
Through May 23, there were 41 murders reported in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, the same number as of that date last year.
But last year saw a big increase in homicides compared to previous years.
Miami-Dade mayor Daniella Levine Cava said she was "horrified" by the tragedy.
He said: "Protecting the safety and wellbeing of all Miami-Dade families and swiftly bringing those responsible to justice is our most urgent priority.
"We will not allow a small group of violent actors to terrorize our community, and violent offenders will face the full weight of the law."
In a desperate bid to stop the bloodshed, she had brought in an $8 million "Peace and Prosperity Plan".
But the city can not decide how the cash will be spent.
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