Continued monitoring of the situation.
A police officer shot a person on the beach near the south end of Huntington Beach pier near the end of the U.S. Open of Surfing’s penultimate day.
Per the scant report from KTLA News:
The shooting took place at 3:15 p.m. and there “is no current public safety threat,” the Huntington Beach Police Department said on Twitter.
One person was shot and taken to a local hospital in unknown condition, police added.
TMZ has published a video of the incident which it writes, “shows a man, who appears to be Black and/or a POC, writhing on the ground and raise his arm as well what appears to be a plastic bag of some sort … before the officers around him unload multiple rounds of their firearms.”
There are very many professional surfers and and World Surf League employees in the area and the WSL was quick to inform the general public that all were ok, taking to Instagram and posting:
We are aware of the incident that occurred near the Huntington Beach event site after competition ended for the day. All athletes and staff are safe and accounted for. The event has been in touch with the Huntington Beach Police Dept. It was confirmed that this was an isolated incident and there is no ongoing threat. The safety of the WSL athletes, staff, and the local community is paramount, and the WSL will continue to monitor the situation.
It is unclear, at this time, the reasons around the shooting or if the investigation into it will delay tomorrow’s U.S. Open of Surfing finals.