Florida Memorial Day shooting on beach boardwalk injures 9, including minors, police say

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At least nine people – including small children – were injured on Memorial Day after shots went off near the beach boardwalk in Hollywood, Florida.

Police responded to a call just before 6:45 p.m. local time regarding several people shot near Johnson St. Officers rendered aid and the victims were transported to Memorial Regional Hospital and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

Hollywood Beach Boardwalk in Hollywood, Fla.

Police respond to a shooting near the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk in Hollywood, Fla., Monday night, May 29, 2023. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

The police said that the shooting was the result of a dispute between two groups. One person of interest has been arrested and another remains at large, police said. A spokesperson for the department said the suspect is believed to be a black male with a general appearance of fear, a black short-sleeve shirt, and camo shorts.

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Videos circulating online show a packed crowd scrambling on the beach boardwalk after footage leaked.

The police said that many officers would be present while the investigation continues. Officials were also setting up a place for family members to reunite.

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Hollywood Beach is a popular ocean destination about 11 miles south of Fort Lauderdale and 20 miles north of Miami. The beach was expected to see more visitors than usual with the Memorial Day holiday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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