A 5-year-old boy was amongst 9 youngsters and youngsters injured in a taking pictures Friday night time at a gasoline station in Columbus, Georgia, authorities mentioned.
Officers had been referred to as to Shell Fuel Station on Heat Springs Street simply after 10 p.m. for a report of pictures fired.
“Upon arrival, responding officers discovered a number of gunshot victims and a big group of individuals,” the Columbus Police Division mentioned in a Facebook post on Saturday.
The victims included boys ages 5, 12, 13, 14, 17, and two who’re 15. Two women, each 13, had been additionally injured, in line with police. All the victims have non-life-threatening accidents and are being handled at native hospitals.
As of Saturday morning, no arrests had been made. Anybody with data is urged to contact the police.
Police Chief Freddie Blackmon mentioned there was a “rash of gun violence involving our youth” occurring throughout the nation, and the one technique to fight it’s with “neighborhood effort.”
“Whereas Columbus just isn’t immune to those incidents, I wish to guarantee residents that the women and men of CPD are tirelessly working to get violent offenders off our streets,” Blackmon mentioned in a press release. “The complete village has a duty as a result of incidents like this impacts all of us.”