Memorial Day is one of those days when legions flock to the beaches of Florida–to say nothing of the many other states with beaches. This despite groups trying to paint the Sunshine State as unsafe for various groups.
However, most visitors hit the beach over the three-day weekend without incident.
Unfortunately, it seems some might not have.
Nine people, including 4 minors, were transported to area hospitals following a mass shooting at the Hollywood Broadwalk on Monday afternoon.
A City of Hollywood[, Florida] spokesperson confirmed 9 people had been shot. Four of those were minors, ages ranging from 1-17, The ages of the adults range from 25-65. One is in surgery and the others were in stable condition.
It happened in the 1200 block of N. Broadwalk or near the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort.
At 6:41 p.m., an area live cam showed people running away frantically from the scene.
It started with an altercation between two groups, which escalated to shots being fired, according to Hollywood officials.
One person of interest has been detained and police are currently looking for a second individual.
So far, there don’t appear to be any fatalities and there’s no word if any of the wounded are in serious condition.
In fact, there are still a lot of unanswered questions, as is normal after a situation like this. In fairness, as of this writing, it hasn’t even been 12 hours. Finding answers takes time, and the time people are asleep isn’t exactly useful time. Even if the police are working around the clock, the people who can provide those answers generally aren’t.
However, what we do know is pretty telling.
For example, this is two groups of people who had some kind of altercation. That means this wasn’t some kind of mass shooting as people think of it. This sounds a lot more like a gang gunfight that just resulted in a lot of innocent people being hurt.
Again, we don’t know much.
However, I fully expect the usual suspects to lash out any time now and argue that Florida’s permitless carry law enabled this, but I’m pretty sure when we get answers, we’ll find that’s not the case.
My prediction is that everyone involved in the shooting obtained a firearm illegally, possessed it illegally, and therefore was carrying it illegally.
Guys, this looks like gang warfare–something we addressed back in the ’80s and ’90s–which just happened to break out where there were a lot of people.
Frankly, if it is, the gangbangers screwed up. A lot of people aren’t too concerned when they’re just shooting up their own neighborhoods. It’s when they start shooting up tourist locations that they’re going to feel the brunt of area law enforcement descending upon them like the fiery hand of God.
At least, that’s what should happen. Especially considering Florida’s politics in general.
Whether that will or not, though, remains to be seen.
Either way, folks in Florida need to expect the gun control battles to return anew, fueled in part by this shooting.