Fifteen people have been wounded in a shooting that sent terrified patrons scrambling from a Miami nightclub early today, police said, adding the youngest victim is 11 years old. When Miami police and rescue crews arrived at a club called The Spot around 1am, they said they found chaos among the large crowd of adults and teenagers gathered there. Rescuers found wounded people inside and outside the club, reporting some were too hurt to flee. Some people were running, "people were screaming, people were saying they were shot," says a Fire Rescue captain. One male was found unresponsive and not breathing when emergency responders arrived. Five girls between 11 and 17 years old also suffered gunshot wounds.
A police spokeswoman said it was not immediately clear how many shooters there were and what prompted the gunfire. "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," added the Fire Rescue captain. Authorities say one of the victims is in critical condition; at least three were transferred to a pediatric unit. Fire Rescue officials will follow up to see whether the club is a teen club. (Read more nightclub stories.)