Fundraising Efforts Underway for Elbo Room Bouncer Shot on Duty
The three-day Labor Day weekend was in full swing this past Friday night at Elbo Room and the iconic beach bar was packed with the usual blend of locals, tourists, and partiers, all out to celebrate the start of a long holiday weekend.
A fight broke out between two men, and Elbo Room bouncer Christian Nunez was just doing the same job he'd been doing for about five years -- breaking up the fight, keeping peace at the bar, and throwing out anyone who got too rowdy or belligerent.
According to Local10.com, the fight turned dangerous when 50-year-old Gregory Burns
allegedly pulled out a gun when he was asked to leave around
Gunshots were then heard, and police found Nunez on the
floor. Burns was detained at the scene and later charged with one
count of aggravated battery with a firearm, according to Fort Lauderdale
Police Detective DeAnna Garcia. It was also confirmed that the suspect
holds a valid concealed weapons permit.
Burns has since been released on bond.
Police, already out in
force in anticipation of the holiday weekend, acted immediately, and
Nunez was transported to the hospital. Nunez remains in critical but
A concert was held Sunday to raise money for Nunez's hospital bills.
So far, the efforts have raised more than $6,000. If you would like to assist in Nunez's recovery fund, you can through Give Forward.
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