Hollywood police swarm neighborhood after report of domestic-related shooting

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Hollywood police are investigating a domestic-related shooting that occurred Thursday morning.

Deanna Bettineschi, a spokesperson for the Hollywood Police Department, confirmed that someone called authorities just before 6 a.m. to report the shooting.

She said one person was shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. A firefighter with Hollywood Fire Rescue confirmed that one person was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital.

According to Bettineschi, the shooting is domestic-related and involved two people.

Local 10 News reporter Madeleine Wright was in the area as officers had their guns drawn and pointed at an apartment building nearby on the corner of South 57th Avenue and Flagler Street.

“There was a shooting in the building. I was sleeping. I keep on sleeping and then they asked me to run,” Vanessa Alonso, who lives in the apartment building, told Local 10 News.

The police department’s SWAT team later arrived and one officer got on the PA system, saying “This is the Hollywood police. Come out with your hands up.”

Officers were standing down shortly before 8:30 a.m.

According to Alonso, a man, woman and child live in the apartment unit that was being focused on by officers.

“They have been arguing since last night,” she said. “Last night (at) 11, I mean like around 12 -- they’ve been arguing, arguing, arguing, arguing, arguing. I saw him arguing and he said that he want to kill himself and I told him, ‘No, don’t do that. Go to church.’”

Police have not confirmed the identity of the person who was shot or whether anyone was taken into custody.

“I feel sorry for them and we ask for prayers for that person and the family,” Alonso said.

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