Saturday, July 1, 2017
What Are Teenagers Doing At A Nightclub?
Police in Arkansas are investigating a shooting at a nightclub in which 25 people were shot and others were trampled in the resulting panic.
According to Little Rock police, a fight broke out at approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday during a Finese2Tymes concert at the Power Ultra Lounge, resulting in an “exchange of fire.”
Initial reports listed the number of shooting victims at 17. The victims range in age from 16 to those in their mid-20s. Others were injured as they fled from the club.
Michael Hibblen, news director at Little Rock radio station KUAR, told NPR that “people started jumping out windows to escape,” landing on awnings below.
“So, it would seem that at least some of the injuries were related to the broken glass and the falls,” Hibblen said.
Police Chief Kenton Buckner did not report a specific number of those injured, but said all of the victims are recovering from non-life threatening injuries.
A tweet posted by Little Rock police indicated they do not believe this incident was an active shooter or terror related.
No arrests have been made in association with the incident, although police say they have several suspects in the shooting.
As time ticked into the later morning hours Saturday, some began to express their frustration that the shooters had not been apprehended.
“I guess the no snitching rule is in effect even after 17 people were shot @ Power Ultra Lounge,” local Stefan Robinson wrote on Facebook. “We need to take our city back.”
The Power Ultra Lounge’s promotional poster for the Finese2Tymes show depicts the performer aiming a gun at the camera.
His song Going Straight In contains the lyrics, “Shooting up with the scope on a rifle, White Louis V on the buckle.”
Saturday’s incident follows a series of recent drive-by shootings in the area, though there is no indication the events are linked.
Buckner declined to report additional details regsarding the investigation into the shooting.
“Certainly during incidents such as this, emotions are very high. We need to be very careful with our words,” Buckner said. “This is a blip on the map that we certainly didn’t need considering the history that we’ve had over the past week.”
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