Hollywood, Fla., Memorial Day beach shooting leaves 9 injured: What we know

Two people were arrested on weapons charges as police search for three suspects believed to be the gunmen.

Two law enforcement officers stand near their vehicle on a busy street at night.
Law enforcement officers work the scene of a mass shooting in Hollywood, Fla., on Monday night. (Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images)

Gunfire erupted on a busy boardwalk in Hollywood, Fla., during an altercation between two groups on Monday evening, leaving nine people, including a 1-year-old child, wounded, officials said.

Two people have been arrested on weapons charges as police search for three other suspects.

Here’s everything we know about the shooting, investigation and aftermath culled from original reporting and trusted Yahoo News partners, including the Miami Herald and NBC News.

How the shooting unfolded

Police cordon off the scene of a mass shooting in Hollywood, Florida. Palm trees and sand can be seen in the foreground.
Police cordon off the scene of the mass shooting. (Marco Bello/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

According to police, the shooting began around 6:45 p.m. when a fight broke out between the two groups on a promenade still packed with beachgoers on Memorial Day, sending bystanders scrambling for cover.

Footage from the city’s beach camera live feed shows people fleeing down the busy sidewalk along Hollywood Beach, a popular tourist destination about 11 miles south of Fort Lauderdale and 20 miles north of Miami.

Nine people ranging in age from 1 to 65 sustained gunshot wounds, Hollywood Police Department spokeswoman Deanna Bettineschi told reporters.

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All of the victims were transported to local hospitals. Eight of nine were in stable condition, Bettineschi said, adding that one person was undergoing surgery late Monday.

Two people involved in the altercation that led to the shooting — Morgan Deslouches and Keshawn Stewart, both 18 — have been arrested on firearms charges, police said.

Three other suspects believed to be the gunmen are wanted by Hollywood police, who are asking for help in identifying them.

Five handguns have been recovered, with one of them reported stolen in the Miami area and another in Texas, police said.

Mayor condemns shooting

The boardwalk along Hollywood Beach, Florida, is empty, having been cordoned off after the shooting.
The boardwalk along Hollywood Beach, Fla., Monday night. (Marco Bello/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

In a statement released Tuesday morning, Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy said he was “deeply saddened and angered” by the shooting that erupted on Memorial Day.

“It is completely unacceptable that innocent people spending time with family on a holiday weekend have been affected by a shooting altercation between two groups who came into our city with guns and with no regard for the safety of the law abiding public around them,” Levy said.

“Law enforcement agencies are fully engaged in their investigation,” he added. “And I assure you that no stone will be left unturned in bringing the perpetrators to justice. We will utilize every available resource to apprehend those responsible for these injuries.”

Another weekend of gun violence in America

A police officer walks around the scene of the mass shooting.
A police officer at the scene of the mass shooting. (Marco Bello/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The shooting in Hollywood, Fla., was one of numerous incidents of gun violence reported across the United States over Memorial Day weekend.

According to NBC News, at least 16 people were killed in shootings in eight states between Friday and Monday.

The deadliest occurred Friday in Mesa, Ariz., where police said a 20-year-old man was taken into custody after killing four people and injuring one person.

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In Red River, N.M., a 30-year-old man killed three people in a shooting at a motorcycle rally Saturday evening, police said. Five others — including the suspect — were injured.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 263 mass shootings — defined as a shooting in which at least four people are shot, excluding the shooter — in the United States so far this year.

But the fatalities over the weekend were not uncommon. According to the Pew Research Center, the U.S. averages about 57 gun-related homicides per day.