Horror Spring Break shootings spark state of emergency on wild party beaches

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Spring Break partying has turned violent in the Florida city of Miami Beach after five people were injured in shootings over the weekend, prompting a state of emergency and curfew to be imposed

Several incidents in the city have sparked concern among authorities as the shootings and mass crowds have caused chaos for police.

There have also been reports of police being injured, prompting Miami Beach officials to take action in what they described as a calm Spring Break until recent actions.

The shootings took place in two separate incidents and resulted in five people being taken to hospital.

According to NBC Miami, two women suffered gunshot wounds on Ocean Drive in one of the incident

Speaking to the same news outlet, witness Lo Mills said: “We heard the shots, they ran across the street, and see them fall and I pulled out my gun to see what was going on.”

Officials said about 100 guns had been seized over the past four weeks with 37 in just the last three days, according to Sky News.

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Latest reports expect all those survive who were injured as a result of this weekends shootings in Miami Beach to survive.

Around 400 police officers had been deployed over the weekend to try and keep everyone safe.

Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police posted a video of several people surrounding a police car on the street and said their officers had been injured while dealing with trouble.

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They tweeted: “This weekend, we’ve had 4 @MiamiBeachPD officers injured.

"This video is a snippet of the crowds and dangers we face. Officers are EXHAUSTED. The party needs to end. City officials must take immediate and firm action to ensure the safety of officers and residents. #SpringBreak.”

Miami Beach officials said that the curfew would cover all of the popular South Beach, starting at 23rd Street just after midnight on Thursday and ending Monday at 6am.

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Police also confirmed they would restrict access to South Beach for non-residents unless they had business in the area.

Speaking at a press conference in front of City Hall yesterday, Mayor Dan Gelber said: “Over the last two nights, five innocent people were shot in our streets.”

When asked about the Spring Break crowds, Miami Herald reports Mayor Gelber responding “We don’t ask for it, promote it, or encourage it. We just endure it.”

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Miami Beach had already imposed restrictions last week by banning sales of alcohol after 2am over the weekend but trouble still broke out.

A curfew was imposed last year at 8pm but was due to crowd concern due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, even with the curfew in place, police reportedly made over 1000 arrests during the spring break season.

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Mayor Gelber said previously: "Spring break has really become a difficult time for us, so we’re trying to reprogram it to something a little more tamed and a little less full of disorder."

Local media report that the crowds have been larger than normal in the area this year.

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