Huge street fights break out as hundreds of revelers descend on Daytona Beach for Memorial Weekend – The Sun
HUGE brawls were seen across Daytona Beach this memorial day weekend as revelers flocked to the sands.
Wall-to-wall crowds of swimwear-clad beachgoers could be seen with multiple tussles breaking out across the Florida sands.
However, cops insist there were "no major fights".
"Disney is closed, Universal is closed. Everything is closed so where did everybody come with the first warm day with 50% opening? Everybody came to the beach," Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said Sunday, referencing the gigantic crowds.
Governor Ron DeSantis ordered businesses could reopen at 50 per cent capacity, with locked-down Floridians itching to leave their houses.
Several video-clips show scrums of people dotted across the beach.
In one video, a woman in a white bikini launches herself at two other bikini-clad fighters, appearing to attempt to separate them.
In another, a man in black shorts can be seen pummeling another man in the face and back.
Another girl in a neon yellow swimsuit plunges her hands deep into a young woman's hair as several men dive in to separate the pair.
Local cops also reported several shootings, with six people shot over the weekend.
According to WESH 2 reporter Claire Metz, Daytona Beach Police Department dealt with several violent incidents on Saturday evening.
"[Six] people shot/wounded during beach day near boardwalk," Metz tweeted last night. "Non life threatening injuries.
"Much of the confrontation occurred at [the 7 Eleven] store On A1A. Shooter not in custody."
Earlier, the station reported that the suspect was in custody but their name hadn't been released.
TMZ reported that bedlam also ensued when someone began throwing cash out of their car's sunroof attracting 200 people and prompting cops to think a car back firing was another shooting.
No social-distancing guidelines appear to be being followed in any of the footage.
White House coronavirus task force member Dr Anthony Fauci said going outside was fine but urged people to remain vigilant after over 1.6 million infections and at least 96,000 deaths.
"Go out, wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from anyone so you can have the physical distancing," he said during a CNN town hall.
"Go for a run. Go for a walk. Go fishing. As long as you're not in a crowd and you're not in a situation where you can physically transmit the virus."
It comes as lockdown measures were eased across all 50 states, including Florida.
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