UNITED STATES: Gunfire broke out along a beachside promenade in Hollywood, Florida, on Monday night, leaving nine people injured as onlookers hastily raced for cover along the busy beach on Memorial Day. According to police spokesperson Deanna Bettineschi, several of the injured were brought to a children’s hospital.
Six adults and three children were among the nine injured, according to Yanet Obarrio Sanchez, a representative for Memorial Healthcare System. She stated that all of the victims were in stable condition.
Five people between the ages of 25 and 65 were also hit, according to Bettineschi, along with four children between the ages of 1 and 17. She stated that while the others were stable, one was undergoing surgery late Monday. It was not immediately evident if a 17-year-old was treated as an adult by the hospital.
According to Bettineschi, the gunfire took place just before 7 pm. Shots were fired when a scuffle broke out and at least one pistol was drawn. Police had at least one individual in custody, but they were still seeking further suspects.
Police officers responded to an incident near a convenience store, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop, and Subway sandwich shop on the Hollywood Oceanfront Broadwalk. Police chief Chris O’Brien said it was sad that law-abiding people visit beaches and are ruined by criminals. The incident took place close to a convenience store, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop, and Subway sandwich shop.
Alvie Carlton Scott III and Jamie Ward claimed to have heard gunfire on the shoreline and hid behind a tree when a police officer ordered them to run. Jamie Ward claimed that many young guys were involved in an altercation when one of them grabbed a gun and fired.
Emergency medical services responded to the tragedy in Hollywood on Monday night, with police providing a significant presence and creating a space for family reunions. Mayor Josh Levy thanked them for their rapid response.
The popular beach resort Hollywood Beach is located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Miami and 11 miles (17 kilometers) south of Fort Lauderdale. Due to the Memorial Day weekend, more people than normal were anticipated to visit the beach.