Police began looking for three individuals on Tuesday who they believe to be the shooters who opened fire on Memorial Day along a busy Florida oceanfront promenade, injuring nine people and sending others frantically screaming for safety.
In the midst of the commotion of hundreds of people running for their lives and ducking for cover as bullets wounded bystanders, Hollywood police asked for the public’s assistance in identifying the shooters who fled the area.
According to authorities, two participants in the altercation that resulted in the shooting have been detained for firearms-related crimes.
They claimed that five handguns had been found, two of which had been reported stolen—one in Texas and one in the Miami region.
About 7 o’clock in the evening, a fight broke out in front of a bustling row of businesses on the Hollywood Oceanfront Broadwalk,
according to police and witnesses. Monday.
Witness Alvie Carlton Scott III ran on foot at the order of a police officer after diving for safety behind a tree after hearing gunshots.
Jamie Ward, a different eyewitness, claimed that a group of young males were arguing when one of them grabbed a gun and began firing.
The gunshot disrupted holiday weekend activities at the well-liked beach location, where there was already a significant police presence to keep an eye on the large crowds.
Five people between the ages of 25 and 50 and four children between the ages of 1 and 17 were also struck, according to police spokesperson Deanna Bettineschi.
The names of individuals who were detained and injured have not been made public.
The shooting, according to Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy, “deeply saddened and angered” him. Levy said in a statement that because dozens of cops are stationed at the beach on popular holiday weekends, there was a rapid response and several people were detained.
“People come to enjoy a holiday weekend on the beach with their families.
To have people in complete disregard for the safety of the public and to have an altercation with guns in a public setting with thousands of people around them is beyond reckless,” he said. Videos that were uploaded to Twitter on Monday night showed emergency medical personnel responding and helping numerous injured people.
The popular beach resort of 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.