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4 injured when gunfire breaks out during party in Miami Gardens; suspect turns himself in

A birthday party at a Miami Gardens apartment building turned violent on Tuesday when gunshots erupted after an argument.

The shooting, which happened at about 5:30 p.m. at 505 NW 177th St., sent three people to the hospital and left another with superficial wounds.

Ivan Rashabe Clark, 21, turned himself in early Wednesday morning and will be charged with four counts of second-degree attempted murder, according to Miami Gardens police.

Police spokesman Michael Wright said a call came in that shots had been fired, and when police arrived, they learned that friends and family had driven two victims to area hospitals.

Those two victims, who have not yet been identified, were then transferred to trauma centers — one to Ryder Trauma Center and one to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center — “due to the severity of their injuries,” Wright said. Both remained in critical but stable condition Tuesday night, he said.

A third victim was taken by ambulance to Jackson North in stable condition, Wright said. A fourth person declined treatment.

“According to witnesses there were people running away from the scene,” Wright said, adding that some who were there said people had gathered for a party.

Wright said police were investigating and did not yet know the circumstances behind the shooting. He said the investigation led them to Clark.

“At this point we have identified one shooter, but we are conducting a thorough investigation and we don’t know at this point if there are more,” he said.

It was not the first time a gunfight broke out at a Miami-Dade party. In 2014, Wilson Alexis, 21, was gunned down at a baptism celebration for a 5-month-old baby boy outside a North Miami Beach home. The gathering was meant for only 30 people, but the child’s godfather advertised the bash on social media and more than 100 people showed up.

A fight that began in the home spilled outside and ended with Alexis shot in the chest. Louiskenson Avril, 26, had been charged with second-degree murder, but the charge was recently dropped.

Anyone with information about the Tuesday shooting in Miami Gardens is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.