Miami leaders warn of increased gun violence

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A recent wave of shootings in South Florida has some living in fear, and some leaders are extremely concerned.

Wynwood is just one of the neighborhoods hit by gun violence in recent days, and Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo said this summer, the crime is going to continue.

“It’s gonna be a long summer,” Acevedo said.

The troubling trend of crime has concerned local leaders prepared for what they expect to be a violent few months.

“More people have guns more than ever, tempers are short, and we’re seeing more gun violence across the nation,” Acevedo said.

But South Florida is making national headlines after popular tourist destinations have been riddled with bullet holes in the last few days.

Seven people were shot during a shooting in Wynwood late Friday. One person was killed.

In Miami’s Midtown neighborhood, two people were shot during a robbery Monday outside of a parking garage. The robber was killed.

Later that night, two others were shot when bullets flew through Miami Beach’s South of 5th neighborhood.

And then there was the banquet hall shooting in Northwest Miami-Dade that left two people dead and dozens others injured.

“It’s generally safe, but at times it doesn’t feel safe,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber.

Gelber said he’s concerned with the increased violence he’s seen across the area.

“We’re gonna get rid of them by changing the nature of the area and also with an enormous surge of policing because frankly that works the best,” he said.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava understands why some families may be scared to enjoy a night out. She wants to ensure the community that increased crime isn’t a representation of South Florida.

“I think our community knows that this is a very, very small element. This is not our community, the way we are,” she said.

The mayor added that one way crime can come down is for anyone who has any information about any of the cases to pick up the phone and call a detective.

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