HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (WFLA) — South Florida’s Hollywood Beach Broadwalk was packed with people celebrating Memorial Day until gunfire erupted and people ran for their lives.
Surveillance footage from the City of Hollywood’s live broadcast of the Broadwalk showed the moment as beachgoers fled the gunfire. According to WTVJChaos broke out around 6:40 p.m. Monday.
The shooting happened near Johnson Street, where police suspect three suspects opened fire into the crowded area after two groups of people got into an altercation.
Hollywood Police Department spokeswoman Deanna Bettineschi said five adults and four children, including a one-year-old, were injured in the shooting.
Bettineschi said four children, ages 1 to 17, and five adults, ages 25 to 65, were injured in the shooting. According to police, one of the victims underwent surgery while six of those shot remain in hospital in stable condition.
WTVJ reported that as of Tuesday morning, three of the adult victims had been treated and discharged from the hospital. The names of the suspects and victims were not released.
A witness told WTVJ that after hearing the shots, he saw a “wave of people running away.”
“I heard about three shots and just see a wave of people running away screaming and running,” witness Marvin Mikhail said said the outlet.
Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy shared a heartfelt message on Facebook following the shooting: “We will be doing everything we can to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families at this difficult time.” Mayor Levy said in a post on Facebook. “Law enforcement is busy with the investigation and I assure you they will do everything they can to bring the perpetrators to justice. We will use all available means to apprehend those responsible for these violations.”
The Hollywood Police Department is asking anyone with tips or information regarding this shooting to contact email@example.com.