Following shootings, Miami Beach declares a state of emergency and imposes a curfew

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Following two fatal shootings, authorities in Miami Beach, Florida, declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew.

The curfew went into force at 11:59 p.m. Sunday and will last until 6 a.m. Monday, according to the Xinhua news agency.

From Thursday until March 27, officials plan to apply similar additional curfew restrictions.

The measures were enacted in the aftermath of a shooting in South Beach on Friday night that killed one man and injured another, as well as another deadly shooting in Miami Beach early Sunday morning.

In a video statement aired on Sunday, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber stated that the crowds and availability of firearms have “created a hazard that cannot go unchecked.”

Miami Beach, a south Florida island city, will convene a special commission meeting Monday afternoon “to address the limits beyond Monday,” according to an official statement.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, the United States has lost almost 8,960 lives to gun violence so far this year.