Ybor City shooting – Two killed and 18 injured after gunman opens fire outside Halloween party as suspect arrested | The Sun

MULTIPLE people have been injured and at least two people have died in a mass shooting in Florida.

Two people have died and 18 are injured after a gunman opened fire on partygoers celebrating Halloween in Ybor City, Tampa in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Tampa Police Department has confirmed that one person has been detained following the shooting on 1600 block of 7th Avenue.

"While early in the investigation, it appears a dispute between two groups escalated to gunfire," a police update states.

"19 people were transported to nearby hospitals, where one of the victims died."

Another victim died at the scene.

"Our thoughts are with the victims impacted by this senseless act and our detectives are committed to holding those involved accountable," Chief Lee Bercaw told reporters at a press conference around 6am local time.

A further update states: "Tampa Police are working with local business partners to gather additional evidence and ask anyone with information that could assist the investigation to call the Police Department at 813.231.6130."

Footage shared on social media shows people fleeing the scene as a barrage of gunshots could be heard.

People at the scene have reported hearing between 30 and 40 shots.

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DJ Brian Dawe who had just finished his set before the incident took place reportedly witnessed part of the attack.

"Finished my DJ set and as I was about to step out the door there was a shooter who unloaded at least 2 clips, probably 30-40 shots," he posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

"I saw 7 or so hit, at least 1 dead, and one getting chest compressions, he was more than likely gone also. Stay safe."

Another X user replied: "Me and my friends were there. Happens so fast, it takes some seconds to understand what’s happening.

"We are ok at home now. Sad and angry and shocked.

"Such a cowardly act to open fire at innocent people. We hope the best for those injured."

Meanwhile, a Reddit user shared a screenshot of a community app informing locals of the latest news in the area.

One notification read: "Check on your family. Shots fired in Ybor at least 15 shot.

"It's a blood bath out there."

Screams could be heard as people desperately fled the scene in footage shared on social media by a partygoer.

Others can be seen crouching on the ground grabbing items such as tables to shield themselves.

"My roomie recorded this. We were in Ybor, enjoying our Halloweekend when there were shots fired," the X user wrote.

"I almost was trampled trying to seek shelter and my roommate was forced to hide as best as they could outside.

"Thankfully we are safe but I'm just… so tired of this being a reality."

The Halloween weekend bloodbath continued in Chicago with another shooting at a Halloween party around 1am on Sunday.

Chicago police have confirmed that at least 15 people were shot at a part on the West Side in the Lawndale neighborhood.

The male suspect was witnessed fleeing the scene on foot but was arrested and cops recovered a firearm.

According to police, the age range of the victims is between 26 and 53 who were taken to hospital in varying conditions.

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The attacks come just four days after a mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine that left 18 people dead.

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