Fort Lauderdale, Florida — Gunshots exploded in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday from multiple powerful guns and rifles, scrambling crowds and injuring three people, including a six-year-old girl.
Several shooters began firing more than 50 bullets shortly before 10 pm, attacking both inside and outside the Tony’s Market at the corner of Northwest 22nd Road and Franklin Drive.
The lively party inside the store was chaotic. The children covered their ears and dulled the jarring sound of gunshots when they put on the cover. According to the store’s surveillance video, the mother rushed in with the little girl and shattered the glass door to the market. The girl’s mother tried to avoid shooting while carrying the girl, but the child was still struck.
A 16-year-old boy and a man were also shot.
The injured girl and boy were still hospitalized on Monday, but are expected to recover, police said. The injured man has already been released from the hospital, said Ali Adamson, a spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale police station.
Police say they are looking for archers they believe were attending this improvised and violent block party.
The rescue workers arrived within minutes of the mayhem, put the girl on a stretcher and took her to the Broward Health Medical Center. Shortly after they arrived at the hospital, the 16-year-old shooting victim arrived in the car like an injured man.
Callers flooded with emergency dispatch services.
“We shot people,” said the man who reported the shooting. “A person was injured. Many shots continue.”
The man asks for help to come soon. His plea is drowning in crying people in the store.
“What the hell, they’re in the store,” he said before yelling at the people inside to close the door.
There is another call. This time, the voice sounds like a young girl. “They are in a shootout.”
Another man calls and says about 10 people were shooting guns. “There are many guns.”
“The little girls were shot. Oh, they’re still shooting,” he said. “I just saw a lot of people shooting from different directions.”
If you have information about this incident or the identity of the person involved, please contact Broward County Crimes Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or Detective Jameson Jones at 954-828-5771, who can remain anonymous. It is recommended.