3 people shot, 1 fatally, at Fort Lauderdale bar – WPTV.com

3 people shot, 1 fatally, at Fort Lauderdale bar - WPTV.com
One killed and 2 injured in a shooting at a bar inside a Florida mall
(CNN)An altercation erupted into gunfire at a bar inside a mall in Florida, leaving one person dead and two others injured, authorities said early Thursday.

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – There was a deadly shooting overnight at the Blue Martini lounge in the Galleria Mall.

“I saw the brother-in-law on the ground, we were trying to contain him, he was panicking. We looked to the left and the brother was laying there and the shooter was laying next to him. So I guess people jumped on him to stop him from shooting more people, that was a good thing. So they just jumped on him to get him and another dude picked the gun up,” said Mark Hunter, a friend of the victims.

Police ID man killed in shooting at Blue Martini at Galleria mall

Fort Lauderdale police said there was an altercation Wednesday inside the lounge shortly before midnight and someone opened fire. Arriving officers found one person dead on the scene, two others were rushed to Broward Health Medical Center.

We are committed to the safety and security of our valued guests. This isolated incident is the result of an altercation that took a tragic turn. We applaud the Fort Lauderdale Police for their quick response which led to one suspect in custody. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased victim and two others who were injured.

A family member of the injured told CBS4 that it was a brother and brother-in-law that were shot and one of them passed away at the hospital. Police have not confirmed the second death.

Three people were shot in the incident, which followed “an altercation inside the establishment,” police said. One victim died at the scene, while the others were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, The Associated Press reported. One of the injured is in critical condition, a police spokeswoman told CNN.

Police identified the man who died as Arnold Person who would have celebrated his 44th birthday on Thursday.

A witness said the two men were part of a group of friends honoring the birthday of a friend who recently died of cancer.

"You heard one shot and everyone kind of puzzled for a minute. And then you started to hear repeated and that's when everyone kind of ran for the doors. It was just kind of a surreal scene of a few people down at the end of the bar."

Triple Shooting In Blue Martini At Fort Lauderdales Galleria Mall

“I saw the brother-in-law on the ground, we were trying to contain him, he was panicking. We looked to the left and the brother was laying there and the shooter was laying next to him. So I guess people jumped on him to stop him from shooting more people, that was a good thing. So they just jumped on him to get him and another dude picked the gun up,” said Mark Hunter, a friend of the victims.

Mark Hunter, who was inside the bar, said people charged the shooter to stop him from firing more shots. "That was a good thing. They jumped on him to try and get him," he told CNN affiliate WSVN.

“He was beat up because people was trying to stop him from shooting other people,” he added.

“I saw the brother-in-law on the ground,” said Hunter. “They were trying to contain him. He was getting panicky. To the left, the other brother was laying there, and the shooter was laying next to him. I guess people jumped on him to stop him from shooting more people. That was a good thing. They jumped on him and tried to get him, and another dude picked the gun up.”

“The club let everyone in without searching them, they let me in without searching me, that was wrong. Ive been coming to Blue Martini for a while, that is the reason I left Miami to come up here because we thought it was safe and it wasnt safe,” he said.

“We are committed to the safety and security of our valued guests. This isolated incident is the result of an altercation that took a tragic turn. We applaud the Fort Lauderdale Police for their quick response, which led to one suspect in custody. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased victim and two others who were injured.”

We are committed to the safety and security of our valued guests. This isolated incident is the result of an altercation that took a tragic turn. We applaud the Fort Lauderdale Police for their quick response which led to one suspect in custody. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased victim and two others who were injured.


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