No Bowlers Hurt in Gunfight Outside Florida Center

by Bob Johnson 0

In what was described by police as “unforeseeable criminal activity,” one person was killed and two were injured in a gunfight in the parking lot of Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, Fla., Sunday night.

“Police told us,,, there is no reason to change our protocols,” Keith Baldwin, General Manager of the bowling center, told the Orlando Sentinel. “We have off-duty officers on all high-volume nights.”

Customers inside the bowling center did not hear the shots fired as the gunfight took place in a remote area of the lot, closer to the street. However, one customer’s vehicle sustained driver’s door damage from two bullets.

You can read the full Orlando Sentinel report here:

Boardwalk Bowl, with 80 lanes, in the largest center in the Southeast, and is one of three tenpin facilities operated by Aloma Bowling Centers, the others being Aloma Bowl in Winter Park, Fla., and Airport Lanes in Sanford, Fla.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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