New York, Europe Brief News – Eight people were injured in a shooting attack at Martin Luther King Jr Day event in Florida.
One of the victims was transferred to hospital in critical condition.
The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office confirmed all the victims in the early evening shooting in Fort Pierce were adults.
Police added that four people, including a child, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
The shooting occurred at Ilous Ellis Park at 5:20pm (22:20 GMT) during an MLK Car Show and Family Fun Day, which the sheriff’s office said was attended by more than 1,000 people.
“Multiple people were shot; it sounds like, from our initial investigation here on scene. There was a disagreement of some sort between two parties, and unfortunately, they chose to resolve that with guns,” St. Lucie County Chief Deputy Brian Hester said.
“It was mass chaos, as you can imagine, when shots rang out,” Hester said. “There were a 1,000-plus people here at the event. The shots rang out, people were just running in all directions.”
Martin Luther King Jr Day is a federal holiday in the US that takes place on the third Monday in January. It further honours the life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Video obtained by the station showed people ducking, running and hiding behind cars, including a woman running to safety while holding a baby.