On the evening of Monday, at an MLK Day event in Florida, eight people were shot, leaving one person in a serious condition.
Shortly after 5 o’clock, gunfire burst out, setting off a chaotic frenzy that wounded four more people and enabled the perpetrator of the shooting to get away. It has not been determined whether more than one individual opened fire.
According to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, more than a thousand individuals of varying ages participated in the auto show that was held at a park in Fort Pierce. The event was open to the public. Every single one of the eight victims was an adult.
At around 5:20 p.m., the MLK Day incident took place at Ilous Ellis Park, which is located close to the intersection of Avenue M and 13th Street. The sheriff’s office says that the incident was caused by some kind of fight.
Four additional people, including one child, were injured when terrified parade attendees tried to run after hearing bullets fired.
The video was taken in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, and it shows parents and children sprinting through lines of parked vehicles and trucks in a state of terror.
A guy may even be seen looking out across the parking lot while concealing himself partly behind a pick-up vehicle while carrying a black revolver in his hand.
Another guy was observed laying on the ground surrounded by a number of people who were apparently attempting to find his wound by removing his shirt. He seemed to be receiving assistance from these individuals.
‘Multiple people were shot, it sounds like from our initial investigation here on scene there was a disagreement of some sort between two parties, and unfortunately, they chose to resolve that with guns,’ said Brian Hester, the St. Lucie County Chief Deputy.
‘It was mass chaos, as you can imagine, when shots rang out,’ he said. ‘There were a thousand plus people here at the event, and as the shots rang out, people were just running in all directions.’
‘It’s really sad in a celebration of someone who represented peace and equality that a disagreement results in a use of guns and violence to solve that disagreement, and that’s what’s really sad to me about what happened here,’ Hester said.‘And then so many innocent people who were injured or hurt and were not part of the disagreement as well.’