According to authorities, shots were fired at a gas station in a Georgia city bordering Alabama, injuring nine teenager, including a 5-year-old child.
When Columbus police officers arrived at the scene about 10 p.m. on Friday, they discovered numerous gunshot victims amidst a sizable crowd.
At a press conference on Saturday, police chief Freddie Blackmon stated that an altercation had reportedly broken out at a neighboring party and spilled over to the gas station when the shooting started.
Blackmon stated that the incident was still being investigated but did not disclose any other information.
“I am committed to assuring you that we will find the person or persons responsible for this senseless crime,” he said.
The victims, whose names were withheld, were between the ages of 5 and 17.
According to authorities, seven men and two women suffered injuries.
At least four had left the hospitals where they were treated as of Saturday afternoon.
Blackmon urged parents to “know where your children are and what they have in their possession.”
“We must work toward helping communicate to our children how to peacefully resolve conflict without resorting to gun violence,” he said.
No arrest have been made at this time.