Suspects Busted in Florida Beach Boardwalk Shooting Spree

Altercation broke out between two groups in Hollywood, Florida, on Memorial Day
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 30, 2023 12:00 AM CDT
Updated Jun 6, 2023 12:30 AM CDT
9 Shot, Including Kids, at Florida Beach Boardwalk
Police cordon off an area as they respond to a shooting near the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk in Hollywood, Fla., Monday evening, May 29, 2023.   (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
UPDATE Jun 6, 2023 12:30 AM CDT

Police in South Florida arrested two men over the weekend and a third on Monday suspected of going on a Memorial Day shooting spree along a busy beachside promenade that injured nine people, two of whom are still hospitalized, the AP reports. Detectives from the Hollywood Police Department took Ariel Cardahn Paul into custody on Sunday night and Lionel JeanCharles Jr. on Monday afternoon, the agency said in a news release. On Saturday, Hollywood detectives and the US Marshal's Task Force arrested Jordan Burton. Those three, identified by police as the shooters, will each face charges of attempted first-degree murder, eight counts of attempted murder in the second degree, and one count of carrying a concealed firearm. Two 18-year-olds who were involved in the altercation that led to the shooting were also arrested last week on firearms charges, police said.

May 30, 2023 12:00 AM CDT

Nine people were injured Monday evening when gunfire erupted along a beachside promenade in Hollywood, Florida, sending people frantically running for cover along the crowded beach on Memorial Day, the AP reports. Several of the wounded were taken to a children's hospital, police spokesperson Deanna Bettineschi said. City officials say all nine suffered gunshot wounds, CBS News reports; victims included six adults between the ages of 25 and 65 and three children between the ages of 1 and 17. All of the victims were in stable condition, according to Yanet Obarrio Sanchez, a spokesperson for Memorial Healthcare System. One was in surgery late Monday.

Bettineschi said the shooting happened shortly before 7pm. A fight broke out, at least one gun was pulled, and shots were fired. At least one person was in custody, but police were looking for more suspects. Police Chief Chris O’Brien said thousands of people were in the area and dozens of police officers responded, including some who were nearby. The shooting happened on the Hollywood Oceanfront Broadwalk near a convenience store, a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream store, and a Subway sandwich shop. Jamie Ward, who was on the scene, said several young men were fighting in front of the stores when one pulled a gun and started shooting. One witness reports seeing a baby with a gunshot wound to the leg.

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