FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA: On Monday, January 16, eight people were hurt in a shooting at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Fort Pierce, Florida. According to a St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, the shooting began around 5.20 p.m. near Ilous Ellis Park due to a “disagreement of some sort” between two groups of people.
According to Fox News, who cited the Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred while the park was hosting an ‘MLK Car Show & Family Fun Day’ from noon to 6 p.m. One of the victims of the shooting is in critical condition, the sheriff’s office told the media. As they attempted to leave the area, four more people were hurt.
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