The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting occurred at Ilous Ellis Park in Fort Pierce around 5:20 p.m. local time during the MLK Car Show and Family Fun Day, which was attended by more than 1,000 people.
The shooting occurred after officials described it as “some sort of disagreement between the two parties.”
“Multiple people were shot. From the initial investigation at the scene, it appears there was some sort of disagreement between the two parties. Unfortunately, they chose to settle it with guns.” said St. Lucie County Deputy Chief of Staff Brian Hester.
“As you can imagine, when the gunshots rang out it was chaos. There were over 1,000 people at the event and people were just running in all directions as the gunshots rang out.”
Horrifying footage obtained by WPBF-TV, Gunshots rang out and caught people crouching, running, or hiding behind cars.
The video shows several children and families at the scene, including a woman running to safety with her baby.
Eight people suffered gunshot wounds, all of whom were adults. One victim is in critical condition, and the condition of the remaining seven is unknown.
Their identities have not been made public.
It also remains unclear whether the two groups knew each other before the shooting and what their differences were.
Police reported to a local broadcaster that eight people had been shot and four others, including a child, were injured in the ensuing chaos.
The sheriff’s office said two deputies who attended the event responded immediately and helped the victims.
“In celebrating a person who stands for peace and equality, it is truly sad that a disagreement can lead to the use of guns and violence to resolve that disagreement, and that is what happened here,” Hester said. It’s really sad for me about that,” he said.
“And many innocent people who were hurt or hurt and weren’t part of the disagreement.”
AP contributed to this report
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/florida-mass-shooting-mlk-day-b2263663.html Eight people were shot in a mass shooting at an MLK Day event in Florida.