Gunfire struck five people, killing one person, at ZombiCon in Fort Myers, Fla., sending hundreds of people running for their lives.
The suspect fled as panicked ghoulish attendees heard about six to seven shots in what police described as a “shoulder to shoulder” crowd just before midnight, witnesses said.
One such witness saw first responders leaning over at least one person on the ground – and another covered by a white sheet along the 2200 block of First Street.
“I just saw somebody on the floor. They were all dead and the cops were saying, ‘get back, get back,’ and everybody was all rioting and crap,” another witness told WFTX-TV.
One of the shooting victims died at the scene, cops said.
About 20,000 people were expected to attend the zombie-themed street festival, authorities believe, some of whom were seen in video footage sprinting for safety down a downtown Fort Myers street.
“You can imagine with that many people, there was people taking cover, officers were running toward the shots and that’s when we located victims,” Fort Myers police spokesman Lt. Victor Medico told reporters near the site of Saturday’s attack.
The shooting wounded four victims, all of whom have been hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, authorities added.
The violence “deeply saddened” the event’s organizers, Pushing DaiZies, they wrote on Facebook.
“The organizers of Zombicon, Pushing DaiZies, Inc. are deeply saddened by the news of what happened within the footprint of our event,” ZombiCon organizers said. “We take the safety of our patrons very seriously and take precautions in hiring security and police officers for our annual event. Our prayers go out to the family members and individuals involved in the incident.”
The shooting broke out just before the festival was scheduled to end at midnight.