Police: 8 People Shot, 1 Critical at Florida MLK Day Event

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
January 17, 2023US News
Police: 8 People Shot, 1 Critical at Florida MLK Day Event
A crime tape at the shooting site in Ilous Ellis Park, Fort Pierce, Fla., on Jan. 16, 2023. (Courtesy of WPBF)

FORT PIERCE, Fla.—Police in Florida said eight people were shot during an Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, with one of the victims listed in critical condition.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office confirmed all the victims in the Monday shooting in Fort Pierce were adults, WPBF-TV reported.

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

Police said four people including a child sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the ensuing confusion, the station reported.

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

Video obtained by the station showed people ducking, running, and hiding behind cars, including a woman running to safety while holding a baby.

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