2 shot, 8 in custody at Clearwater Beach; shooting scenes include outside Hyatt Regency

The Associated Press
May 26, 2014 11:42 PM

Deputies pulled over a car and took people into custody following shooting near a hotel in Clearwater, Fla., that brought out a large police response and caused the beach to be closed to incoming traffic Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Jim Damaske)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - A city spokeswoman says two people have been shot and eight people are in custody and being questioned after a series of three shootings on Clearwater Beach in Florida.

Joelle Castelli says in an email that the shootings Monday arose from fights between groups of people and do not appear to be random. She says the first shots were fired outside the Hyatt Regency. She said at a news conference that someone fired shots from the hotel parking garage.

She says one wounded person has been taken to a nearby Tampa Bay hospital and the other who was shot in the hand left the scene.

She says access to the beach had been cut off for a time but had reopened.

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