Man shot dead outside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, police say

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead outside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood early Saturday morning.

According to Seminole police, it happened just before 4:30 a.m. after an argument occurred between a male pedestrian and one or more individuals who arrived at the casino in a vehicle.

Investigators said an occupant of the vehicle fired one shot that struck the pedestrian in the chest.

Authorities said the man was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“It seems to be happening more and more, all the time,” said casino patron George Kneeland. “It ain’t getting any prettier.”

Police said the vehicle fled the scene and they are actively interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video as the investigation continues.

The victim’s age and identity have not been released, nor has additional information about the shooter or shooter’s vehicle.

“You get a big crowd like this together nightly and something is bound to happen,” said Kneeland.

A motive for the shooting remains unclear.

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Joseph Ojo joined Local 10 in April 2021. Born and raised in New York City, he previously worked in Buffalo, North Dakota, Fort Myers and Baltimore.