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Shots fired near Fun Spot after attempted robbery

Orlando police say group tried to steal woman's phone

ORLANDO, Fla. – Police are searching for a group of men who fired shots near a popular tourist destination in Orlando.

The shooting happened Sunday near International Drive and Municipal Drive, about three blocks east of Fun Spot, behind the Orlando Crossings stores on Del Verde Way.

Orlando police said the suspects were trying to steal a woman's cellphone, and that they started firing shots when witnesses yelled for them to stop.

One of the assailants then opened fire, police said.

No one was hurt, but one of the bullets damaged the windshield of a parked car.

Fun Spot said the victim is a park employee who walked from the park to some nearby stores to get a ride home. The park said two other Fun Spot workers spotted the group targeting the woman, and yelled at the would-be thieves.

Fun Spot spokesman Dave Hummer said he is concerned, but praised the Orlando Police Department's efforts to step up patrols following several violent attacks on tourists last year.

In September, a Turkish professor on his honeymoon was shot to death during a botched robbery at an International Drive-area hotel.

In October, three women from Peru were followed to their hotel after a day of shopping at the outlets and held at knife-point on their knees in their hotel room.

Sometime in 2015, an argument at Fun Spot led to a shooting that injured two men.

"Yeah, of course it's a problem, but we have a couple guys to visit us all the time from Orlando City [from the Orlando police department]," said Christian Moraes in a thick Brazilian accent, manager of a Brazilian store on International Drive.

"Sometimes when this happens, they [tourists] are like, 'Wow, here in Orlando this happened! Wow, I never knew that.' And that's not good for us, our company, other restaurants, shopping malls, not good for us."

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