Two men who police believe were involved in the shooting have been arrested, and investigators were looking for three other people who could be connected to the incident, a police spokesperson said Tuesday.
The shooting happened on the Hollywood Oceanfront Broadwalk near a convenience store, a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream store and a Subway sandwich shop. Police spokesperson Deanna Bettineschi said four children between the ages of 1 and 17 were hit, along with five adults between 25 and 65.
Police Chief Chris O’Brien said thousands of people were in the area and dozens of police officers responded, including some who were nearby.
“It’s unfortunate we have law-abiding citizens who come to our beaches and that gets interrupted by a group of criminals,” he said.
Investigators were looking for three other individuals who could be connected to the shooting, and people were urged to contact investigators with information.
Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy said in a statement it’s “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 no regard for the safety of the law-abiding public around them.”
Police added there would be a heavy officer presence as the investigation continues in the area.