Statement on Shooting Incident affecting Innocent Bystanders
I am deeply saddened and angered by the Memorial Day shooting in our city that resulted in injuries to innocent bystanders. Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families during this difficult time and our prayers for a speedy recovery.
It is completely unacceptable that innocent people spending time with family on a holiday weekend have been affected by a shooting altercation between two groups who came into our city with guns and no regard for the safety of the law abiding public around them.
Law enforcement agencies are fully engaged in their investigation, and I assure you that no stone will be left unturned in bringing the perpetrators to justice. We will utilize every available resource to apprehend those responsible for these injuries.
I want to emphasize that the safety and well-being of our residents and visitors is always our top priority. Hollywood Police has dozens of officers assigned to the beach on busy holiday weekends and that allowed for an immediate response that resulted in multiple persons detained for this incident.
I am thankful for the many good samaritans and the paramedics of Hollywood Fire Rescue and Beach Safety who rendered quick emergency aid to the injured at the scene, and thankful for the emergency room doctors and nurses at Memorial Regional Hospital and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital for their life saving work year-round.
I urge anyone with information related to the incident to come forward and cooperate with the authorities. It is vital that we all stand united against violence and work collectively to create a safer environment for everyone.
In the wake of this event, let us remember that our community's strength lies in its resilience and compassion. We must support one another, offer comfort to those affected, and work diligently to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
Thank you, and together, let us strive for a safer and more peaceful country.
City of Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy