Seven people were injured in a shooting in downtown Orlando; the police say
ORLANDO, Fla – The Orlando Police Department is searching for who it believes shot into the crowd, injuring at least seven people early Sunday morning.
At 2:22 a.m., a major skirmish broke out in South Orange and Wall Street, Orlando Police Chief Eric Smith said. During the altercation, one person pulled out a shotgun and began shooting into the crowd, Smith said.
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According to police, seven people were injured in the shooting.
Initially, the department reported six people with gunshot injuries, however, another victim was reported after they transported themselves to AdventHealth.
Smith said the shooter is still large and their identities are still unknown.
“We are still in the preliminary stages of this investigation,” he said, “we need the community’s help on this, so please get in touch if you have any information.” .
The sound of gunfire was captured on a YouTube live stream near Wall Street. In the video, people can be seen running immediately after the shot was fired.
The video goes on to show at least two people lying on the ground, as well as security guards at the scene.
When asked about the video, Smith said he had not seen it.
“I’m not aware of this at the moment,” he said, “if you have any such videos, please contact us.”
News 6 has been granted permission by Tone IRL to share the video of the scene on YouTube, which you can watch in the player below.
“We are outraged and heartbroken at the senseless act of violence that has disrupted the enjoyable atmosphere we have come to expect in Downtown Orlando, and we are praying for a speedy physical and mental recovery and spirit to those injured and others who are witnesses to this tragic event,” Commissioner Regina I. Hill said in a statement. “We are confident that the Orlando Police Department will use all resources in its power to ensure that those responsible for this incident are brought to prompt and complete justice. I know in advance that business owners are committed to working with law enforcement and others to ensure that our guests can continue to enjoy peaceful downtown experiences and will take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that they can safely patronize our facilities with confidence and security.”
William Solomon said he also saw the uproar.
“I ran and people ran and all I saw was a bunch of people dispersing, people going crazy,” he said.
WARNING CONTENTS: Language fouled, gunfire after 1:40:50
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