ORLANDO, Florida –A man was shot dead after a brawl in downtown Orlando early Saturday, according to the Orlando Police Department.
Just after 2 a.m. on Saturday, gunshots rang out in the city center. The aftermath was captured on surveillance footage from the DANK smokehouse along Court Avenue near Pine Street. Owner Gary Schwartz was working when he heard the shots.
“We just had crowds of people rushing in that direction, panicking and fleeing from the shots that had been fired around the corner,” Shwartz said.
In the video, moments later, you can see several Orlando police officers on bikes and on foot heading towards the shots. Schwartz said it is becoming too common.
“It was twice this week, someone was shot on Monday in Pine Street,” Shwartz said. “We’ve been operating downtown until 3 a.m. when we shut down for over 20 years now and we’ve never had anything like this before. It seems people are more brazen with guns now.
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Orlando detectives said they were carefully examining video taken on a cell phone during the shooting. It shows a fight outside a nightclub early on Saturday. The video then shows a man pulling out a handgun and firing several shots.
Police were then informed that a man had arrived at the hospital for treatment for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, according to the department.
Police said the victim did not cooperate and refused to prosecute.
Detectives are now looking for the shooter and have released photos of the suspect.
Schwartz said police are doing what they can, but want more to be done to prevent such shootings from happening again.
“The Orlando police are doing what they can. They’re still displayed near my photo, but their hands are tied. There should probably be some sort of law or warrant that prohibits people from having a gun in the downtown neighborhood because there is alcohol here, and that’s a recipe for disaster. Shwartz said.
Video footage shared with News 6 shows people walking past DANK Orlando City professional camera, a smoking room in the city center, around 2:13 a.m.
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