8 shot, 1 critically at Florida MLK Day event

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FORT PIERCE, FL. — Police in Florida said eight people were shot Monday during an MLK Jr. Day event, with one in critical condition.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the victims of an early evening shooting in Fort Pierce were all adults, WPBF-TV reports.

The shooting happened at Illus Ellis Park at 5:20 p.m. during the MLK Car Show and Family Fun Day, which the sheriff’s office said was attended by more than 1,000 people, WPBF-TV reported.

“Several people were shot, it appears from our initial investigation here at the scene that there was some disagreement between two parties and unfortunately they decided to settle it with a gun,” said St. Lucie County Deputy Brian Hester .

Police said four people, including a child, suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the ensuing confusion, according to the station.

“It was mass chaos as you can imagine when the shots rang out,” Hester said. “There were more than a thousand people at the event, and when the shots rang out, people just ran in all directions.”

The sheriff’s office said two deputies immediately responded and treated the victims, WPBF-TV reported.

Video obtained by the station shows people ducking, running and hiding behind cars, including a woman running to safety with a child.

“It’s very sad in celebrating someone who represented peace and equality, that disagreements lead to the use of guns and violence to resolve those differences, and that’s what’s really sad to me about what happened here,” Hester said. “And then there are so many innocent people who have been hurt or injured and were not involved in the altercation either.”

8 shot, 1 critically at Florida MLK Day event

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