Spring break throng in Miami Beach flee for their lives when gunfire rings out, 3 people shot

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Gunfire caused a stampede among spring breakers in Miami Beach’s South Beach party district shortly after midnight on Sunday.

Three persons, including one woman, were reportedly shot, but their injuries are fortunately not life-threatening, according to the Miami Herald.

A large police presence was already in the area, and video shows cops immediately responding in the early hours of Sunday morning.

As of this writing, the suspect or suspects are apparently still at large, however, and law enforcement officials have called upon anyone with information to contact them.

Cops located two people at the scene who were shot and transported them to a local hospital. A third person with a gunshot wound reportedly showed up at the hospital on his own.

The incident occurred on Ocean Drive, a prominent hub for nightlife.

“The fleeing party-goers were seen trampling each other and dropping their belongs, such as cell phones and shoes, as they sought shelter in alleyways and other hiding spots,” the Daily Mail, which had one of its scribes on the scene, reported.

Excessive drinking, scuffles, and other forms of decadent behavior are hardly unknown among the festivities when vacationing college students arrive in massive numbers in the Sunshine State to let off steam.

Gun violence is sadly something entirely different.

In Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday night, a gunman reportedly opened fire on three people after a fight broke out at Padre Island National Seashore, also a popular spring break party site. One of the victims is listed in critical condition, according to authorities.

South Beach, as alluded to above, is one of Florida’s most popular tourist destinations. Officials have estimated that spring break turnout is lower than normal, however, this season, which some observers claim can be chalked up to soaring inflation.

Spring Break 2022 has also been marred by the fentanyl overdose of six West Point cadets at an Airbnb in nearby Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.

The group reportedly ingested cocaine laced with the extremely dangerous opioid. Cops have arrested a suspect who is allegedly the dealer.

A brief stampede over a gun scare also occurred on St. Patrick’s Day night in generally the same South Beach area as the Sunday shooting. One person was injured as the revelers fled; someone in the crowed allegedly pulled out a gun, but there was no actual shooting, the Herald separately reported.

“St. Patrick’s Day weekend is usually the most difficult period during spring break and South Beach now ‘feels like a tinder,’ as thousands of people converge in a small 10-block entertainment district,” the news outlet quoted Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber as saying.

As of March 15, Miami International Airport explained that about 153,000 passengers had arrived at the airport per day in the last 30 days, and that travel has increased 13 percent from pre-COVID-pandemic levels year over year.


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