Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Rival gang shooting at 'family fun' MLK Day event kills a mother, injures 11: Police


An event billed as a "family fun" MLK Day celebration in Florida turned deadly when members of rival gangs had a "disagreement" that they attempted to resolve with guns, police said.

On Monday afternoon, more than 1,000 members of the community gathered together at Ilous Ellis Park in Fort Pierce, Florida, to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. After watching a parade, folks began enjoying another event on the agenda: the "MLK Car Show & Family Fun Day." At approximately 5:20 p.m., car show participants were walking around and having a good time when, suddenly, they heard the sound of gunfire.

"It was mass chaos, as you can imagine, when shots rang out," St. Lucie County Chief Deputy Brian Hester said at a press conference. "There were 1,000-plus people here at the event. And as the shots rang out, people were just running in all directions." A bystander captured some of that "chaos" on a cellphone camera:

Hester was near the scene himself. He had been in the MLK parade, and he stated that there were other deputies positioned in the park as well to help maintain peace and security during the event. Unfortunately, some individuals at the park had other ideas.

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