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At least eight people have been shot, one of them in critical condition after gunshots were heard at an MLK family event.

Authorities confirmed that the shooting took place at Ilous Ellis Park in Fort Pierce, Florida, where more than a thousand people gathered to enjoy the holidays.


All of the victims were adults and one is in critical condition, St Lucie County Sheriff Brian Hester said in an interview obtained by The U.S. Sun.

Four other people, including a child, were injured in the chaotic aftermath of the crime, authorities said.

Heartbreaking video footage shows police officers flooding the scene where the MLK Family Fun Day and Car Show was held, according to local station WPBF.

Bystanders could be seen ducking and running after cars after gunshots were heard at the event where more than 1,000 people were reportedly in attendance.

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A woman was seen running to safety with her baby in tow.

“It was as massive chaos as you can imagine when the shots rang out,” Hester said.

“People were running in all directions.”

Two officers were at the event and were able to respond as soon as they heard shots, Hester said.


They were able to immediately help the wounded, but did not witness who opened fire first.

“It appears that based on our initial investigation here at the scene, there was some type of disagreement between two parties,” the sheriff said.

“Unfortunately, they chose to solve that with weapons.”

Dozens of agents are in the area looking for a shooter or shooters.

Hester said they have identified at least one shooter, but no arrests have been made and there could be more suspects in the future.

“It’s really sad at a celebration of someone who stood for peace and equality that a disagreement results in the use of guns and violence,” he said.

“That’s what really saddens me about what happened here.”

Authorities continue to investigate this incident.