Miami police responded to a call around 1 a.m. Sunday at The Spot nightclub, where a large crowd of adults and teens were gathered.
First responders found chaos as clubgoers fled, some “people were screaming, people were saying they were shot,” Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll told The Associated Press.
Some of those injured were too hurt to flee the scene. At least one person is in critical condition, WSVN reported.
“There were a lot of people outside,” Carroll said. “Some were helping their friends who had been shot.”
Investigators are baffled by the shooting and it is unclear why children were inside the club or how many shooters were there, police spokeswoman Frederica Burden told the Miami Herald.
“What was very surprising to the responders was that these were kids that were out at 1 o’clock in the morning in a club and this type of violence took place where a bunch of kids were gathering … it’s very disturbing to see that,” Carroll said.
One male was unresponsive and not breathing when EMS arrived.
At least five girls between the ages of 12 and 17 were shot and transported to area hospitals.
“The investigators are still interviewing witnesses. They’re going from hospital to hospital,” Burden said.
“People were scrambling to get out and we have a lot of victims,” she said. “There are a lot of people to talk to.”
Hospitals would not release information on the injured to The Herald.