- An altercation between two groups at a popular Florida beach resulted in a shooting that injured at least nine people on Memorial Day, authorities have confirmed.
- A person of interest has been arrested in connection with the incident, while another suspect remains at large. The condition of the victims, including minors, remains unknown.
- Amid the investigation, Hollywood Beach, a popular tourist hotspot, was put on lockdown, disrupting holiday festivities, and evoking fear and chaos among revelers.
Memorial Day festivities turned chaotic as gunshots disrupted the jovial atmosphere of a Florida beach, leading to at least nine people being injured. An altercation between two rival groups was the catalyst for this tragic incident, according to local law enforcement.
A significant breakthrough in the investigation came when a potential participant in the incident was detained. However, the manhunt for another suspect continues. Hollywood Police spokesperson, Deanna Bettineschi, kept the public abreast of developments during a press conference.
The condition of the victims, a number of whom are minors, remains uncertain. Responding to the emergency, law enforcement personnel swiftly rendered aid to the victims. Some victims were rushed to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, with others treated at the trauma center at Memorial Regional Hospital.
The scene along the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk was one of disarray and fear, as people hurried to flee the area or sought shelter. This frenzy was captured in numerous videos shared online, prompting the Hollywood Police Department to urge the public to steer clear of the Broadwalk and Hollywood Beach, stretching from Johnson to Garfield streets.
While investigators work tirelessly to piece together the incident, Hollywood Beach, a bustling tourist hotspot located roughly midway between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, remains eerily silent. Local authorities have requested assistance from the public in the form of videos and photos to help with the ongoing investigation.
In a tweet, Mayor Josh Levy expressed gratitude to the good Samaritans, paramedics, police, and emergency room staff for their quick response in a time of crisis. The incident, he said, serves as a stark reminder of the threats posed to public safety, even in the most idyllic of settings.