Innocent bystander struck by bullet during shootout in Hollywood, police say

Victim taken to hospital with gunshot wound to leg

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Ian Margol - Reporter

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - An innocent bystander was struck by a bullet Thursday morning during a shootout in Hollywood, police said.

The shooting occurred about 9:30 a.m. outside the Family Food Market in the area of North 22nd Avenue and Simms Street.

According to Hollywood police, two to four people were shooting at each other for unknown reasons. The victim was walking nearby on 22nd Avenue when he was shot in the leg, authorities said.

Police said the victim walked to a nearby park in Dania Beach was then was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital.

"The evidence on scene would suggest that the passerby did get struck in his leg and walk about maybe 50 yards until he was rendered aid," Hollywood police Officer Christian Lata said. "Right now, we are trying to get the chance to gather with witnesses. We are trying to get evidence (and) trying to look for possible surveillance video."

The victim's injuries are not believed to be life threatening, authorities said.

Police are asking for the public's help in finding the gunmen involved in the shootout. Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.
 

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