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9 injured in Florida beach shooting – police


May 30, 2023

Gunfire erupted on crowded boardwalk on Memorial Day

Nine people were wounded after gunfire erupted along a crowded beach broadwalk in Hollywood, Florida on late Monday night, police said. There were more people in the area than usual due to Memorial Day, a public holiday in the US.

Hollywood Police Department spokeswoman Deanna Bettineschi said the shooting occurred during an altercation between two groups.

She added that one person of interest has been detained and another suspect is at large.

A video posted on Twitter shows people running away in panic after gunshots were heard.

Memorial Healthcare System spokeswoman Yanet Obarrio Sanchez told NBC6 that children are among the victims.

Witnesses told the Associated Press that they heard multiple gunshots. One witness was quoted by the news agency as saying that “several young men were fighting in front of the stores when one pulled a gun.”

Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy thanked first responders. “Our beach has millions of beachgoers a year. It’s a very popular and beautiful destination,” Levy said. “This is a never before occurrence. Ordinarily it’s a peaceful beach.”