St Patrick’s Day Shooting Sees Multiple People Shot in Florida

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St Patrick’s Day Shooting Sees Multiple People Shot in Florida

St. Patrick’s Day crowds fled after gunfire killed one person and injured two more in Florida.

The three victims were shot on Sunday night in downtown Jacksonville Beach, which was packed with people celebrating the holiday and spring break.

The incident comes amid a spate of gun crime across the nation that has sparked a fierce debate about gun control, left politicians unable to answer how to address the problem, and led to multiple countries issuing warnings to their citizens considering traveling to the U.S.

The Gun Violence Archive, a database that collects information about shootings across the country, has calculated that 3,376 people have died after being shot so far this year, although that figure includes all shooting deaths, such as fatal accidents.

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Police tape is pictured at a crime scene in this archive image taken in Monterey Park, California, in January 2023. Police are investigating following a shooting in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, on Sunday night.

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

Police have launched a manhunt following the latest incident in Florida, and believe there may be more than one shooter, police spokesperson Sgt. Tonya Tator told reporters.

The shooting happened out in the open, and eyewitness footage uploaded on social media showed people fleeing across the beach to safety.

RawsAlerts, a breaking news feed on X (the site formerly called Twitter), shared a collation of videos shot at the scene. The 53-second upload captured the chaos on the beach as crowds fled, and also included a shot of paramedics apparently performing heart compressions on a victim, which some viewers may find distressing.

🚨#BREAKING: Police are responding to an Active shooter as multiple people have been shot and injured

📌#Jacksonville | #Florida

Currently, numerous law enforcement and other emergency agencies are responding to an active shooter at Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Multiple shots… pic.twitter.com/1GC8W4AtDb

— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) March 18, 2024

Mayor Christine Hoffman said that the violence may have been the result of separate incidents, according to NBC News, but that that investigations were ongoing.

Two gunshot victims were taken to the hospital and are reportedly in stable condition, but no further details about those involved have yet been made public. Authorities have yet to release any details about potential suspects.

Newsweek has reached out by email to Jacksonville Beach Police Department seeking further information and comment.

Officers from Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue also raced to the scene, and the authorities shut down the beachfront bar district.

The city’s official emergency preparedness department shared updates on X as the scene was locked down.

Update from Jacksonville Beach Police Department- at 10:54 p.m.: Officers are still working the scene but the shelter in place has been lifted. https://t.co/1S9dbpxK90

— JaxReady (@JaxReady) March 18, 2024

Those in the area were warned to shelter in place, but that order was lifted at 10.54 p.m., when people were allowed to leave the scene and return home.

Anyone with information about the shooting should contact the Jacksonville Beach Police Department on 904-270-1661.

Update 3/18/24 7:14 a.m. ET: The headline was changed.

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