Police to implement checkpoints as 7 shot in downtown Orlando shooting

A new security plan is coming to downtown Orlando after a gunman who’s still on the loose wounded seven people over the weekend.The shooting happened around 2 am Sunday while people were out at bars and restaurants on Wall Street Plaza and South Orange Avenue.A business owner and some people who often go downtown are shaken.While they are trying to hope for the best, they told WESH 2 the new controlled entry points coming to downtown soon don’t really make them any less worried about safety. Police said there was a fight on Sunday morning, and then someone started shooting, injuring seven people who are expected to recover. “Distressing as a business owner and as a GM you have employees here, you have customers here,” said Albatros Rexha, co-owner of Cucina Pizza & Bar. Rexha was out of town when his business partner frantically called him. “I mean it’s terrifying, especially with the false alarm that happened on the Fourth of July that was one thing because I was here, but being that I wasn’t here and it was an actual shooting, it’s a lot more frightening because I like to at least try to take some responsibility and control,” Rexha said.Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer says people could see changes to downtown as soon as this coming weekend. “One of the measures that we’re going to be implementing immediately is expanding our control entry program,” Dyer said.It’s similar to what the city has tried out during holidays and big events.A map shows the six entry checkpoints that everyone has to walk through downtown on the weekends along Orange Avenue and Washington to Pine streets. The mayor says there’ll be more officers, K9s and a voluntary weapons screening. Those who don’t have a concealed carry permit will have their weapons taken.” mean, if I could make it a weapons-free zone, I would do that. But you know that the state legislature has taken the ability of cities to be able to regulate where guns can be taken into,” Dyer said.”To me, most of the people that do carry on things are concealed to carry, especially in Florida So it doesn’t really make me feel any other way,” resident Chelsea Walker said. “I feel like it’s going to at least hold a certain percentage of people which is all you can hope for is progress. You know you hope for progress, but you will never get 100 percent certainty of safety,” Rexha said. “It’s really rough out here man.” The shooter is still on the loose. Orlando police are still asking for the public’s help with the investigation. On Monday, the department posted a link where people can submit photos and videos.

A new security plan is coming to downtown Orlando after a gunman who’s still on the loose wounded seven people over the weekend.

The shooting happened around 2 am Sunday while people were out at bars and restaurants on Wall Street Plaza and South Orange Avenue.

A business owner and some people who often go downtown are shaken.

While they are trying to hope for the best, they told WESH 2 the new controlled entry points coming to downtown soon don’t really make them any less worried about safety.

Police said there was a fight on Sunday morning, and then someone started shooting, injuring seven people who are expected to recover.

“Distressing as a business owner and as a GM you have employees here, you have customers here,” said Albatros Rexha, co-owner of Cucina Pizza & Bar.

Rexha was out of town when his business partner frantically called him.

“I mean it’s terrifying, especially with the false alarm that happened on the Fourth of July that was one thing because I was here, but being that I wasn’t here and it was an actual shooting, it’s a lot more frightening because I like to at least try to take some responsibility and control,” Rexha said.

Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer says people could see changes to downtown as soon as this coming weekend.

“One of the measures that we’re going to be implementing immediately is expanding our control entry program,” Dyer said.

It’s similar to what the city has tried out during holidays and big events.

A map shows the six entry checkpoints that everyone has to walk through downtown on the weekends along Orange Avenue and Washington to Pine streets.

The mayor says there’ll be more officers, K9s and a voluntary weapons screening.

Those who do not have a concealed carry permit will have their weapons taken.

“I mean, if I could make it a weapons-free zone, I would do that. But you know that the state legislature has taken the ability of cities to be able to regulate where guns can be taken into,” Dyer said.

“To me, most of the people that do carry on things are concealed to carry, especially in Florida. So it doesn’t really make me feel any other way,” resident Chelsea Walker said.

“I feel like it’s going to at least deter a certain percentage of people which is all you can hope for is progress. You know you hope for progress, but you will never get 100 percent certainty of safety,” Rexha said. “It’s really rough out here man.”

The shooter is still on the loose. Orlando police are still asking for the public’s help with the investigation. On Monday, the department posted a link where people can submit photos and videos.

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