Clearwater Beach Shooting Latest in Weekend Violence at Shore Hotels

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 06:24 AM

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Two people were shot and four men were arrested after a series of shootings on Clearwater Beach in Florida. The first shots were fired outside the Hyatt Regency hotel there.

At the same time police in Myrtle Beach police were investigating a shooting in a hotel room that left two people injured. It was the fourth shooting in two days at the popular South Carolina beach town over the Memorial Day weekend, including a shooting outside another hotel that left three dead and another person wounded.

Clearwater city spokeswoman Joelle Castelli said the shootings there on Monday arose from fights between groups of people and do not appear to be random.

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Castelli said the first shots were fired by a group of people in a temporary parking garage near the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa. The other group was in the street.

She said at least two people were shot – one in the hand and the other in the groin area. She said the person who was shot in the hand fled the area.

Access to the beach was cut off for a time, but later reopened only to residents. The Hyatt was also closed as investigators searched room by room.

In Myrtle Beach, Police Capt. David Knipes said a man and a woman were shot late Sunday at the Wave Rider Resort. The hotel is about 16 blocks south of the Bermuda Sands Motel, where the fatal shootings happened Saturday night.

Knipes said no arrests had been made.

Police also reported shootings that each injured one person Saturday morning and Saturday night.

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