Shootings injure two, disrupt Clearwater Beach

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Two people were injured Monday evening in a shooting that closed access to Clearwater Beach.

Eight people were taken into custody, police said, and five of them were arrested.

Officers are still searching for a person who was shot in the hand and ran from the area.  The other injured person was been taken to the hospital.

Police closed the bridge heading to Clearwater Beach in an attempt to restore order to the area and search for the fleeing person. They announced they had reopened access to the beach about 10 p.m.

MORE:  A woman posted video to her Instagram as the shots were flying.  Watch the video in the player above.

The shooting began about 7 p.m. after two groups of people began arguing, according to Clearwater Police Department spokeswoman Joelle Castelli.

One group of people were in a temporary parking lot north of Second Street and another group were near the corner of Coronado Drive and Second Street.

A fight broke out and someone fired a gun. Soon after that, someone fired from a parking garage at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa.  The shots came from a higher level of the garage down into the temporary parking lot north of the Hyatt.

There was another shooting three blocks south, at 351 S. Gulfview Blvd.

“This is something you don’t ever want to have in your backyard,” said Castelli.  “To have Clearwater Beach be safe is our number one priority. I would bring my family here tomorrow.”

Police said they arrested five people, and have released the names of four of them, including:

  • Jerry Lee Holmes, Jr., 31, is charged with shooting into an occupied structure.
  • Terrance Antonio Kirnes, 20, is accused of resisting an officer without violence.
  • Jeffrey James Grier, 20, is charged with felon in possession of ammunition, felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He's also charged with three violations of probation.
  • Jared Kashon Woodard, 19,  is charged with possession of marijuana and improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon.
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