Shooter sought after downtown Orlando brawl

Responding officers heard gunfire ring out near Pine Street, Court Avenue

ORLANDO, Fla. – One man was shot after a fight broke out in downtown Orlando early Saturday, according to the Orlando Police Department.

Just after 2 a.m. Saturday, gunshots rang out downtown. The aftermath captured on surveillance video from DANK smoke shop along Court Avenue near Pine Street. Owner Gary Schwartz was working when he heard the gunshots.

“We had just crowds of people rushing this way, panicking and running from gunshots that were fired on the corner,” said Shwartz.

In the video, moments later you can see several Orlando police officers on bikes and on foot heading towards the gunfire. Schwartz said this is becoming all too common.

“It was twice this week, someone was shot in Pine Street Monday,” said Shwartz. “We’ve been downtown operating here until 3 a.m. when we close, for over 20 years now and we’ve never had anything happen like this before. It seems like people are more brazen with firearms now.”

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Orlando detectives said they are taking a good look at cell phone video taken during the shooting. It shows a brawl outside a nightclub early Saturday. The video then shows a man pull out a handgun and fire several shots.

Police were later notified a man arrived at a hospital to be treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, according to the department.

Police said the victim was uncooperative and declined to prosecute.

Detectives are now looking for the shooter and have released photos of the suspect.

Orlando Police are looking to identify this man, accused of shooting someone outside a downtown nightclub Saturday. (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

Schwartz said police are doing what they can, but wants more to be done to prevent shootings like this from happening again.

“Orlando police are doing what they can. They are always posted near my shot, but their hands are tied. There probably should be some type of law or mandate that people can’t have a firearm in the downtown district because there’s drinking here, and it’s a recipe for disaster,” said Shwartz.

Video footage shared with News 6 shows people running past DANK Orlando City’s business camera, a smoke shop downtown, around 2:13 a.m.

While detectives are actively working leads, we encourage anyone with information on this case to contact Crimeline by texting **TIPS (**8477) or calling 1-800-423-TIPS(8477). Anyone who texts or calls remains anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

About the Authors:

Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.

Crystal Moyer is a morning news anchor who joined the News 6 team in 2020.