A Labor Day weekend street gathering in Indiantown that ended in gunfire left one man dead, another man seriously wounded and three other people suffering from minor injuries.
About 300 people were congregated at Booker Park on Southwest Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive shortly before midnight Sunday when two Fort Pierce men “exchanged gunfire for an unknown reason,” according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.
Three bystanders — from Fort Pierce, Indiantown and Port St. Lucie — were struck by bullets in the ensuing chaos. They transported themselves to area hospitals and were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
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One of the armed men was airlifted to a hospital, while the other was dropped off at a hospital by an unidentified person who gave no information. One of the shooters died and the other, who was shot in the face, remained in serious condition Monday morning.
Police didn’t indicate which shooter was flown to the hospital and which was driven. And while they didn’t specify at which hospital(s) any of the five victims were treated, they posted a photo on Facebook of a forensics van in front of Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital in Port St. Lucie. Spokesperson Christine Christofek Weiss later confirmed to TCPalm that at least one person was treated at Tradition.
Aside from the suspects’ and victims’ cities of residence, police didn’t reveal any identifying information about the people involved in the shooting.
The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information about the incident to come forward by calling 772-220-7000. They can also submit tips anonymously through Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273-8477.
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This article originally appeared on Treasure Coast Newspapers: Florida crime: Fort Pierce man killed in Indiantown shooting Sept. 4