Gunfire erupted on crowded boardwalk on Monday
Nine people were wounded after gunfire erupted along a beach broadwalk in Hollywood, Florida on late Monday night on Memorial Day, police said.
Hollywood Police Department spokeswoman Deanna Bettineschi said the shooting occurred during an altercation between two groups.
She added that one person of interest has been detained and another suspect is at large.
A video posted on Twitter shows people running away in panic after gunshots were heard.
Memorial Healthcare System spokeswoman Yanet Obarrio Sanchez told NBC6 that children are among the victims.
BREAKING: There are reports of a mass shooting on Hollywood Beach in Florida. According to CBS, at least seven people were shot and some of the victims are young children.
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Witnesses told the Associated Press that they heard multiple gunshots. One witness was quoted by the news agency as saying that “several young men were fighting in front of the stores when one pulled a gun.”
Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy thanked first responders. “Our beach has millions of beachgoers a year. It’s a very popular and beautiful destination,” Levy said. “This is a never before occurrence. Ordinarily it’s a peaceful beach.”