Shots fired at Miami Gardens park after dispute involving dance group, police say

No injuries reported

By Ian Margol - Reporter, Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Miami Gardens police are investigating a shooting that occurred Thursday night at a park.

According to authorities, a non-city sponsored dance group got into an argument with another group outside the city before the dance group went to the Betty T. Ferguson Community Center at 3000 NW 199th St. 

Police said people from the second group drove up to the park and began firing shots at the dancers.

"They were dancing. That's all they were doing," Brandy Wells, who runs the youth mentor program, said. 

As many as 36 shots were fired, but no one was hit, authorities said.

The free dance group is aimed at keeping teenagers in Miami Gardens off the streets.

"These kids were not causing trouble. They were not robbing anybody. They were not stealing or causing any ruckus. They were dancing," Wells said. 

Wells and her husband have run the dance and mentor group for the last three years and said the entire point is to help keep kids out of trouble.

Wells said Thursday night's shooting is exactly the kind of violence they're trying to keep their teens away from.

"When there is no prevention and nothing for these children to do, this is why they have idle time to commit crimes. If we have more services, more programs for these kids, these things wouldn't happen," Wells said. 

Police said officers will be present at the community center during operational hours until further notice.

Anyone with further information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.
 

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