Two victims in critical condition after 25 shot at Little Rock nightclub
iStock/Thinkstock(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — Two people are in critical condition after at least 25 people were shot in a nightclub in Little Rock, Arkansas, early Saturday morning, while three others suffered unrelated injuries, police said.
The shooting at Power Ultra Lounge in the state’s capital city occurred around 2:30 a.m. CT. Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner said at a Saturday afternoon press conference that two of the injured are listed in critical condition.
The wounded, who range in age from 16 to 35 years old, were transported to various hospitals in the area.
Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola on Saturday confirmed an earlier report that all the victims are expected to survive.
There was no immediate information about suspects, but police said the incident did not appear to be an active shooter or connected to terrorism.
Police said there was a dispute during a concert at the nightclub, and an exchange of gunfire occurred. Buckner confirmed Saturday afternoon that multiple individuals fired shots. Buckner estimates that between 20 and 40 shots were fired, based on video evidence. No arrests related to the incident have been made so far.
Mayor Stodola said Saturday that Power Ultra Lounge is being shut immediately.
Finese 2tymes, a rapper who was apparently performing at the club the night of the shooting, issued a statement on his Facebook page, sending “condolences” to the victims and thanking his fans who attended the concert.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson also issued a statement Saturday, noting what he called Little Rock’s growing “crime problem.”
“Little Rock’s crime problem appears to be intensifying. Every few days it seems a high-profile shooting dominates the news, culminating with this morning’s event,” Hutchinson said. “We are still gathering facts, but it is clear that we need to have a comprehensive enforcement strategy in place that helps take the violent threats off the streets. The state will participate and bring assets to the table to support local law enforcement efforts.”
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