VIOLENCE erupted as crowds of beachgoers celebrated Memorial Day weekend with six shots fired at Daytona Beach. 

Americans flocked to the reopened beaches in Florida, South Carolina, and elsewhere as all 50 states loosened their COVID-19 restrictions to varying degrees.

But instead of sunbathing on Myrtle Beach and Daytona Beach, some people started firing guns, according to local cops.

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.

Likewise, down in South Carolina, WBTW News 13 reported that there was similar violent disruption on Myrtle Beach, which left several people injured.

Cpl Tom Vest with Myrtle Beach PD said they got a call just after 12:30 am about a shooting on 12th Ave North.

Once they arrived on the scene, cops found several people with firearm injuries but they are still searching for the suspect(s).

The slew of violent incidents comes as people descended on the reopened beaches in droves, many not wearing masks, according to reports.

Mayor of Daytona Beach Derrick Henry conceded that it's "not realistic or practical to ask people to go to the beach and wear a mask" after people there were asked to stay 10 feet apart, reported CNN.

Although most seaside areas were also reopened in Florida, Fort Lauderdale and Miami-Dade County will remain closed this weekend after being pummeled by coronavirus.

Over in Georgia, residents flocked to the shoreline, while New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware all reopened their state beaches on Friday just in time for the holiday weekend.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."

Protesters gathered outside the "Liberty Fest" rally in front of California State Capitol, SaturdayCredit: AP:Associated Press
But as hundreds of people arrived to soak up the sun after two-months inside, mass overcrowding ensued in some areas.Florida restaurants were full, popular hiking spots in California were shuttered when thousands of walkers hit the trails, and the influx of beachgoers prompted officials to close a whole island in Michigan.In Arizona, holiday travelers flooded Interstate-17, causing a 15-mile backup on the roadway used for access to some of the desert’s most beautiful canyons, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.

The bars were so full with 1,000+ people in Austin, Texas that cops had to shut down road traffic on the street, local reports said.

But this week, 11 states reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases, including Alabama, Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Maryland, Maine, Nevada, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to a Reuters tally.

“Without a doubt, this is one of the busiest weekends I’ve seen in many years,” a county beach safety official, Andrew Ethridge, told the Dayton Beach News-Journal Online.

“We have 47 miles of beach in Volusia County and every bit of it has crowds.”


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