Nine people injured, including children, at mass shooting at Florida beach boardwalk

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At least nine people were injured at a mass shooting on a boardwalk at a Florida beach on Memorial Day.

Video from a live camera showed bystanders enjoying their holiday at Hollywood Beach before gunfire erupted and they were forced to flee for their lives.

Hollywood Police Department spokesperson Deanna Bettineschi told reporters that police believed the shooting was the result of an altercation between two groups at the boardwalk.

She said that police responded to calls of gunfire at the beach at about 6:45 p.m. where they found 9 victims shot and provided aid to them. Those victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment.

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Although the ages of the victims weren’t released, some were transported to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

One person of interest was detained and police are searching for another person, described as a black man with dreadlocks, who is on the run.

Video on social media showed numerous first responders treating several of the victims.

46-year-old Jamie Ward was a witness to the fight that led to the shooting.

“I saw a gentleman with a compression tourniquet on his leg. He was definitely the victim of a gunshot wound,” Ward said to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “I saw another larger gentleman with a compression bandage across his chest that was being whisked away on a gurney by an ambulance.”

Bettineschi asked the public for any videos or photos that they made have taken at the incident that could help the police in their investigation.

“Thank you to the good samaritans, paramedics, police and emergency room doctors and nurses for their immediate response to aid the victims of today’s shooting,” read a statement from Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy.

Hollywood is the site of a popular beach about 20 miles north of Miami.

Here’s more about the Florida beach shooting:

9 injured in shooting near beach in Hollywood, Florida; some taken to children’s hospitalwww.youtube.com

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