A dispute between concertgoers at a club in Little Rock, Arkansas turned violent early Saturday morning, with a blaze of gunfire resulting in 28 injuries. Among those, 25 are being treated for gunshot wounds, and two people are listed in critical condition.
Local police were quick to point out that the incident was likely not related to terrorism, though no motive has been established and no arrests have been made, CNN reports. Victims range from 16 to 35-years-old, and everyone is expected to survive.
Tennesee rapper Finese 2Tymes was performing at Power Ultra Lounge when the shooting broke out. Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner said it may have been tied to a recent uptick in violence around the city, which has experienced around a dozen drive-by cases in recent days. “We certainly feel like there’s a possibility there may be a connection,” he said.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson also issued a statement:
“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,” he wrote.
“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.”
In March, Hutchinson signed sweeping legislation allowing concealed handguns to be carried at state colleges, some bars, government buildings and the state Capitol.