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Courtesy: WFLA

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. – Five people are in custody in connection with a series of shootings at Clearwater Beach.

Police say the first incident happened outside of a hotel.

According to WFLA, the shooting started after a verbal disagreement escalated between two groups.

Two people were shot.  One of those people fled the scene, police say, and the second was taken to a hospital.

Clearwater Police say the shootings are not random, and the general public does not appear to be in danger.

Authorities are investigating whether the incident is gang-related.