ORLANDO, Fla – The Orlando Police Department is searching for the person it said shot into a crowd, injuring at least seven people early Sunday morning.
Orlando Police Chief Eric Smith said at 2:22 a.m., a large fight broke out on South Orange and Wall Street. During the fight, a person pulled out a handgun and began firing into the crowd, Smith said.
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Seven people were hurt in the gunfire, according to police.
Originally, the department reported six people injured by the gunfire, however, another victim was reported after they self transported to AdventHealth.
Smith said the shooter is still at large, and their identity remains unknown.
“We’re still in the preliminary stage of this investigation,” he said, “we need the community’s help on this, so please reach out if you have any information.”
The sounds of gunshots were captured on a YouTube livestream near Wall Street. In the video, people could be seen running shortly after shots were fired.
The video went on to show at least two people lying on the ground, as well as officers securing the scene.
When asked about the video, Smith said he had not seen it.
“I am not aware of this at this time,” he said, “if you have any videos like that, please reach out to us.”
News 6 was given permission to share video recorded at the scene by Tone IRL on YouTube, which can be viewed in the player below.
“We are outraged and heartbroken by the act of senseless violence that disrupted the enjoyable atmosphere that we have come to expect in Downtown Orlando, and we are praying for a speedy physical and emotional recovery for those who were injured and others who were witnesses to this tragic event,” said Commissioner Regina I. Hill in a statement. “We are confident that the Orlando Police Department will exhaust every resource in their power to ensure that those who are responsible for this occurrence are brought to swift and complete justice. I know firsthand that business owners are committed to working with law enforcement and others to ensure that our guests can continue to peaceably enjoy their experiences downtown and will take whatever measures necessary to ensure that they can safely patronize our establishments with confidence and security.”
William Solomon said he saw the commotion too.
“I ran and everyone fled and all I saw was a bunch of disperse people, everyone going crazy,” he said.
CONTENT WARNING: Foul language, gunfire after 1:40:50
If you have any information, you’re asked to contact OPD through 911 or call Crimeline at **8477.
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