CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. - A city spokeswoman says two people have been shot and eight people are in custody and being questioned after a series of three shootings on Clearwater Beach, Florida.
Joelle Castelli says in an email that the shootings Monday arose from fights between groups of people and do not appear to be random. She says the first shots were fired outside the Hyatt Regency. She said at a news conference that someone fired shots from the hotel parking garage.
One wounded person was taken to a nearby Tampa Bay hospital and the other who was shot in the hand left the scene, according to Castelli.
Officers are still searching for the person who was shot and ran from the area, sister-station WFTS-TV reported.
She says access to the beach had been cut off for a time but had reopened.
"This is something you don't ever want to have in your backyard," said Castelli. "To have Clearwater Beach be safe is our number one priority. I would bring my family here tomorrow."
A woman posted video to her Instagram as the shots were flying. Watch the video below: