As many as 28 people have reportedly been injured in a night club shooting incident early Saturday morning in Power Ultra Lounge in Little Rock city in US state of Arkansas.
Reports suggest that the injured may be gang related and that the shooting victims are all out of danger. The incident happened at the Power Ultra Lounge in Little Rock. The age of victims ranged from 16 to mid-20s.
The shooting incidents in the US have spiraled in recent months despite efforts to create awareness against gun related violence. The police said they believed it was not a terror-related incident and appeared to be a dispute. They are still investigating the mass shooting incident.
If reports are to be believed, the entire shooting incident was over in less than half a minute. It came so suddenly and furiously that authorities believe that multiple people might have been involved in shooting. Police Chief Kenton Buckner credited quick work by first responders for there being no fatalities.
According to latest police reports as many as twenty-five people between the ages of 16 and 35 suffered gunshot wounds, while three others people were hurt in the subsequent melee. Officials claim that the victims come from across Central Arkansas and were sent to at least four nearby hospitals
At the time of the shooting incident, Tennessee rapper Finese 2Tymes was peforming a concert on the second floor of the club.
According to CBS affiliate KTHV, 19-year old Dajuana Mixon, an Army member is in critical condition and is expected to recover. “Critical condition and on the ventilator but I have faith in God. She will pull through…Whoever pick up guns they have to think about what if it was your family member. Would you want to sit at the hospital and pray your family member going to live”, her mother Renea Domineck was quoted by the KTHV. ”
Meanwhile officials have said that they will shut down the club under a “criminal abatement” program. State regulators suspended the club’s liquor license earlier Saturday and Mayor Mark Stodola said the property’s manager was delivering an eviction notice. “We know we’ve got to use a hammer, we’ve got to use a big hammer on the people who would do violence with guns and hurt people,” Stodola said at an afternoon news conference.
Meanwhile different audio and video clips of the shooting are doing the rounds on social media. A Facebook video includes an audio of at least 24 rounds fired in about 11 seconds. Darryl Rankin, who posted the video, said a friend of his who attended the concert with him had a bullet “stuck in his spine.” Buckner said police had not yet spoken with the rapper, who he said has outstanding warrants in the state.