On Memorial Day, nine people were injured when gunfire erupted along a beach boardwalk in Hollywood, Florida, sending people scrambling for shelter along the crowded beach.
Multiple victims were transported to a children's hospital, according to police spokesperson Deanna Bettineschi. However, authorities have not yet disclosed the ages or conditions of the victims.
According to police, a preliminary investigation indicates that a dispute between two groups resulted in gunfire. One suspect has been apprehended, while another is still at large.
The incident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. on the boardwalk close to a convenience store, a Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop, and a Subway restaurant.
Alvie Carlton Scott III stated he was on the shore when he heard multiple gunshots. He claimed he concealed behind a tree before fleeing the area after a police officer issued a run order.
According to Jamie Ward, who was also on the boardwalk, several young men were fighting in front of the stores when one of them took out a gun and began firing.
Videos posted to Twitter on Monday evening depicted emergency medical personnel assisting multiple injured individuals.
As the investigation continues, officers will be in abundance, according to the police. Additionally, officials were preparing a location for family members to reunite.
"Thank you to the good Samaritans, paramedics, police, and emergency room doctors and nurses for their immediate response to assist the victims of today's shooting," said Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy.
Hollywood Beach is a prominent beach destination located approximately 11 miles south of Fort Lauderdale and 20 miles north of Miami. The shore was anticipated to receive a larger-than-usual number of visitors on Memorial Day.