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Nine injured in shooting near beach in Hollywood, Florida   

Nine people were injured when gunfire erupted along a beachside promenade in Hollywood, Florida, sending people frantically running for cover along the crowded beach on Memorial Day.

According to a police spokesperson, Deanna Bettineschi, those wounded were taken to a children’s hospital. The nine people, who got hurt during the attack, included six adults and three children.

The shooting happened on the Hollywood Oceanfront Broadwalk near a convenience store, a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream store and a Subway sandwich shop.

Bettineschi said the shooting happened shortly before 7 p.m., a fight broke out, at least one gun was pulled and shots were fired.

According to Yanet Obarrio Sanchez, a spokesperson for Memorial Healthcare System, all of the victims were in stable condition, she said.

Although one person has been taken into custody, police say they are looking for more suspects.

Police Chief Chris O’Brien said thousands of people were in the area and dozens of police officers responded, including some who were nearby.

“It’s unfortunate we have law-abiding citizens who come to our beaches and that gets interrupted by a group of criminals,” he said.

Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy said that he was “deeply saddened and angered” by the shooting. Dozens of officers are assigned to the beach on busy holiday weekends and that meant there was an immediate response and multiple people were detained.

“People come to enjoy a holiday weekend on the beach with their families and to have people in complete reckless disregard of 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. “The Hollywood Police Department will leave no stone unturned. We do not appreciate when people come into our city with guns and have an altercation in the midst of a public setting here.”

Police have said there would be a heavy presence of officers as the investigation continues. Officials also set up an area for family members to reunite.

 

 

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