An Arkansas nightclub faced a mass shooting last night – 25 people shot as of the most recent police count. A gunman opened fire at Power Ultra Lounge in Little Rock at around 2:30am local time.
A dispute between the gunman and someone else resulted in 25 people getting shot and a further three injured in the resulting panic, as club-goers stampeded the exits.
Police say there was an exchange of fire, according to witnesses.
The Daily Mail reports:
Revelers had gathered to watch Memphis rapper Finese2Tymes when the gunshots rang out. It’s not known whether the performer was one of the victims.
Concertgoer Darryl Rankin was streaming the concert on Facebook when gunfire erupted. Witnesses say they heard at least 20 gunshots.
‘They got shot, man. I don’t know where they hit it,’ a man can be heard saying.
The concert is in full flow when the shots ring out without warning. People can be heard screaming as the screen goes black and people rush outside.
In the aftermath, blood is seen splattered on the ground, along with a ticket and a discarded pair of shades.
Rankin is seen showing the blood on his clothing; a man is heard saying that he ‘can’t move’.
Michael Hibblen, news director at local 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,’ he said.
Police say that they have several suspects in the shooting but no one has been arrested yet.
Neighbors and locals called out the authorities on the media, saying that they want to see more guns taken off the streets, and kept out of the reach of children.
The youngest victim of the shooting was just 16, and he was caught in the crossfire.