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Orlando police still searching for gunman that shot 7 downtown

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Dyer stated that all seven of the victims from Sunday's shooting are stable.

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"Incidents like this cannot and should not happen in our downtown," he said. "We want to have a safe downtown."

Dyer said that the city has worked hard but obviously needs to do more to make the area safe.

The mayor said the city will be expanding the "controlled entry" program, which restricts entry to certain access points, which will be manned by gun-sniffing dogs.

Those that do not have a concealed carry permit will have their weapons seized, he said.

"There are people that are coming and simply lingering, creating a festival-type atmosphere, who aren't even going into the bars," he said.

Dyer said that he would prefer to make downtown a gun-free zone but the state legislature has prohibited cities from making that call.

He said that people being afraid to go downtown "breaks his heart."

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Video: 'Very unsettling': Orlando residents react to downtown shooting injuring 7 people (WESH Orlando)

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Orlando Police are looking for the person who shot into a crowd in downtown Orlando early Sunday morning.

Seven people were hurt but are expected to recover.

It happened in the area of Wall Street Plaza and South Orange Avenue at around 2 a.m.

Police say a large fight broke out as the bars and restaurants were closing. They say that's when someone pulled out a gun and opened fire hitting seven people.

"And seven people, especially in the crossfire is bad. It's bad," Martin Carmona, a resident said. "I think it's just crazy because this block is always shut off. There's always a lot of cops and stuff, so like so just to know it happened right here is pretty insane."

"Just the fact that that was even able to happen, it's pretty unreal, but the way things are now it's not really too surprising I guess," Nico Zografakis, a resident said.

Orlando Police Chief Eric Smith says detectives are actively looking for the person who pulled the trigger and are checking surveillance cameras.

"Please, we really need the community's help on this, so please reach out to us if you have any information in reference to this shooting,” Smith said.

Detectives were collecting evidence past sunrise.

"It's very unsettling and definitely could've been avoided,” William Solomon, a resident said.

Some people who frequently visit downtown Orlando are reconsidering going out when there are large crowds.

"Like that's why I came out so early today. I'm like yo, let me go when it's dead as opposed to when you feel like a sardine out here because anything can happen," Solomon said. "Things like this shouldn't be happening right now. I think we all should try to come together."

Police say six of those that were shot were sent to a nearby hospital. The other one went to the hospital by themselves.

Police are asking for the community's help in finding the suspect.

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