Businesses, tourists react to Clearwater Beach shootings

Clearwater Beach, Florida -- Chaos turned crime scene. That's how witnesses describe Memorial Day on Clearwater Beach and business owners fear the violence will drive tourists away.

Police have arrested four people so far. Jerry Holmes and Terrance Kirnes were both arrested for the shooting that happened just north of the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach. Jeffrey Grier and Jared Woodward were arrested for aggravated assault with a firearm on the Clearwater Memorial Causeway.

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Around 7 o'clock Monday night is when police said the first call came in that there was a shooting. It was one of three shootings and on Tuesday detectives are having a hard time putting together what exactly happened.

"It happened just right over there at north side of Hyatt," said Andrew Evans who works at the parking lot north of the Hyatt. "Everyone was trying to duck out of way."

Four different incidents involving guns began here and ended at the Causeway.

"It quickly erupted into something that was not manageable," said Joelle Castelli of the Clearwater Police Department.

"They stole the bike here," said Stephen Vlahos who works at Wheel Fun Rentals located underneath the Hyatt.

He says it wasn't just those involved in the shooting causing trouble Monday. He admits after all the chaos and people trying to steal bikes, he shut down early for the first time ever.

"We heard gun shots," said Diana Lavorata who is visiting from Chicago.

She says she noticed things getting out of control early and worries that there was never enough law enforcement around to handle it, so she said she won't come back on a holiday.

"As far, as the crowd was yesterday, I didn't see too many police officers. I felt it could be upped," said Lavorata.

"It could affect business," said the owner of Aloha On the Beach who worries about the impact this will have the rest of summer.

Now police say, although they are standing by that they had enough enforcement here on Memorial Day, they will be increasing patrol here during the weekends and holidays.

They are still looking for the suspect who shot a man in the groin last night. Anyone with information is asked to call police.


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