ORLANDO, Fla. — A shooting that happened early Sunday morning in downtown Orlando has left seven people injured and Orlando Police Department are still searching for a suspect.
What You Need To Know
- A shooting occurred around 2 a.m. early Sunday morning near the Wall Street entertainment area in downtown Orlando
- Seven people were shot but are all expected to survive their injuries
- Orlando Police are still looking for the shooter
The incident occurred near the Wall Street Plaza entertainment area just after 2 a.m.
OPD have reopened Orange Avenue as they continue to look for the shooter they say opened fire on a crowd of people.
OPD officers are currently investigating a shooting in the downtown area of Wall Street Plaza and S. Orange Ave. Media staging location will be OPD HQ. PIO en route. @OrlandoPDChief Smith will provide an update at approximately 4am. pic.twitter.com/bX0Y4zunvK— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) July 31, 2022
According to Orlando Police Chief Eric Smith, a fight broke out at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Wall Street where someone pulled out a handgun and opened fire.
Six people were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center and one was able to drive themselves to AdventHealth, according to police.
"This was a regular night downtown, but it was when all the clubs were dumping, so basically, the end of the night for all the clubs and bars downtown, so we had a very large crowd in the street when the fight broke out," Smith said.
The seven people wounded are all expected to survive their injuries.
Authorities stated that there is no suspect information currently available.
Cali Oberbeck, who was at a nearby bar when the shooting happened, says she and others stayed put and hid out. She says they were scared to leave.
“We just heard gunshots and we were stuck upstairs for like an hour, and when we went downstairs were helping everyone clean up because we had nothing else to do because we were stuck, and we just saw someone being carried on a stretcher,” said Oberbeck.
Jennifer Denison works at Neon Beach, a restaurant on Orange Avenue, just a few doors down from where the shooting happened. She says she works during the day so she won’t have to be downtown at night when she says violence usually happens.
"It’s a good city and it shouldn’t be like this at all anymore,” said Denison.“It’s sad, it’s really sad, because a lot of places are moving, a lot of people that have been here a really long time are moving to other spots.”
Police were already in the area when the shooting happened; there is always a heavy police presence in this area during large gatherings on weekend nights.
Police say if you have any information about that shooter or what happened, call Crimeline at 800-423-8477 or 911.