‘You all killed him!’ Father of Miami concert hall shooting victim, 24, screams at police and politicians at press conference as surveillance footage is released of masked suspects
- Clayton Dillard III, 24, was shot and killed in the early hours of Sunday morning when the three gunmen opened fire
- On Monday, his father attended a police press conference where he screamed at police and politicians: ‘You all killed my kid!’
- The party was for ABMG Spitta, a local rapper whose real name is Courtney Paul Wilson
- Police have not yet made any arrests; they have released surveillance footage of the suspects and their guns
The father of one of the two people shot dead on Saturday night at a rapper’s birthday party in Miami broke down in tears on Monday morning, interrupting a police press conference, yelling ‘you all killed my kid!’
Clayton Dillard III, 24, was shot and killed in the early hours of Sunday morning when the three gunmen opened fire.
His father, Clayton Dillard II, had been begging to get to his body outside the venue on Sunday.
On Monday, he attended a police press conference where he screamed at police and politicians: ‘You all killed my kid!’ he screamed, before being led away.
Clayton Dillard was named by his father as one of the victims. He was 24
Clayton Dillard’s father interrupted a police press conference on Monday screaming ‘they killed him!’
Clayton Snr. was visibly emotional at the press conference. He was led away by police
Police at the press conference said ‘this is the kind of emotion we are dealing with’ as Dillard was led away
The party was for ABMG Spitta, a local rapper whose real name is Courtney Paul Wilson. It’s unclear if he was harmed.
The shooting was one of two over the weekend – a third person was killed at a different shooting.
‘This type of violence has got to stop. Every weekend it is the same thing. This is targeted,’ Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez said.
Authorities believe the shooting was targeted, but no arrests were immediately announced.
After the shooting, the trio of gunmen then got back into the car and fled the scene.
Many of the victims were taken to Jackson memorial Hospital where a crowd of friends and relatives had gathered this morning to pray and wait for news.
A mother of one of the victims Angelica Green told NBC Miami that her son had phoned her in the middle of the night to say he was on his way to the hospital.
This the moment the three gunmen arrived at the El Mula Banquet Hall in Northwest Miami-Dade in the early hours of Sunday morning
The gunmen are shown getting back into the car after shooting dead two people and injuring 22
‘He called us frantic, telling us he had been shot, that it hurts, it hurts and that he loves us and wants us to know,’ she said.
‘My husband is like ‘no stay with us, stay with us.’ We hop in the car and we’re talking to him to keep him alert.’
Police were seeking help from the community to identify and arrest the shooters.
American businessman and philanthropist Marcus Lemonis tweeted that he will contribute $100,000 for information that leads to capture and arrest of the shooters.
‘I’m offering a $100,000 reward to help authorities in my hometown @MiamiDadePD arrest and convict the suspect/suspects .. pass this on,’ he wrote.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called for ‘swift and severe’ justice.
‘We mourn the loss of the two victims and are praying for the recovery of the more than 20 people injured at El Mula Banquet Hall near Hialeah,’ he wrote in a tweet. ‘We are working with local authorities to bring justice to the perpetrators.’
Gun-related homicides have surged across the United States over the past year.
On Wednesday, a public transit worker shot dead nine people at a California rail yard before turning his gun on himself as police arrived.
Mass shootings have occurred in recent months at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, an office building in California, a grocery store in Colorado and at several spas in Atlanta.