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2 shot, 8 in custody at Clearwater Beach; shooting scenes include outside Hyatt Regency

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. – A city spokeswoman says two people have been shot and eight people are in custody and being questioned after a series of three shootings on Clearwater Beach, Florida, including outside the Hyatt Regency.

Joelle Castelli says in an email that the shootings Monday arose from fights between groups of people and do not appear to be random. She says the first call came in at 6:48 p.m. She said at a news conference that someone had fired shots from the hotel parking garage.

She says one wounded person has been taken to a nearby Tampa Bay hospital and the other who was shot in the hand left the scene.

She says access to the beach had been cut off for a time but had reopened.