Police arrest 5th suspect following mass shooting along Hollywood Beach Broadwalk

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Police have made a fifth arrest following a mass shooting on Hollywood Beach’s famous Broadwalk.

Four previous arrests had been made in the days following the Memorial Day shooting, and after a search of several days, the fifth and final suspect was finally taken into custody.

Camera were rolling when 18-year-old Lionel JeanCharles Jr. was led away in handcuffs by officers.

Police said JeanCharles turned himself in at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday.

He has since been taken to the Broward County Main Jail.

Hollywood Police Chief Chris O’Brien said Monday that investigators have been working around the clock for a week straight to bring all five suspects into custody.

“As of today, five people were involved in this senseless act of violence and have been arrested, and five handguns have been seized,” said O’Brien.

JeanCharles is facing one count of attempted murder in the first degree, eight counts of attempted murder in the second degree and one count of carrying a concealed firearm.

Facing the same charges are 16-year-old Ariel Cardahn Paul and 15-year-old Jordan Burton, both of whom were arrested over the weekend.

Two other men, Keshawn Paul Stewart and Morgan Deslouches, both 18, were arrested last week on firearms charges, however police said while both were at the Broadwalk at the time, they were not responsible for any of the victims’ injuries.

A total of nine people were shot — five adults and four minors — when gunfire erupted on Memorial Day along the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk.

According to a detailed 13-page arrest form, two groups were arguing, with JeanCharles Jr., Paul and Burton part of one group.

Officers said they pulled out guns and started shooting.

They allegedly shot two people in a second group they were arguing with, along with seven other victims who were on the beach.

“It would lead us to believe that the other group did not produces weapons,” O’Brien said of the investigation.

Among the victims was a 16-month-old baby, who was shot in the leg but has since been released from the hospital. As of Monday afternoon, one victim remains in the hospital. That minor is in stable condition.

O’Brien and doctors at Memorial Regional Hospital said they were grateful to the first responders and Good Samaritans who jumped in to render aid.

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Sanela Sabovic joined Local 10 News in September 2012 as an assignment editor and associate producer. In August 2015, she became a full-time reporter and fill-in traffic reporter. Sanela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a concentration in radio, television and film from DePaul University.