A 5-year-old boy was among nine children and teens injured in a shooting Friday night at a gas station in Columbus, Georgia, authorities said.
Officers were called to the Shell gas station on Warm Springs Road shortly after 10 p.m. for a report of gunshots.
“Upon arrival, responding officers found multiple gunshot victims and a large group of people,” the Columbus Police Department said in a statement. facebook post on Saturday.
The victims included boys ages 5, 12, 13, 14, 17, and two 15-year-olds. Two girls, both 13-years-old, were also injured, according to police. All of the victims have non-life-threatening injuries and are being treated at local hospitals.
As of Saturday morning, no arrests had been made. Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
Police Chief Freddie Blackmon said there has been a “surge of gun violence involving our youth” across the country, and the only way to combat it is with “community effort.”
“While Columbus is not immune to these incidents, I want to assure the citizens that the men and women of CPD are working tirelessly to get violent criminals off our streets,” Blackmon said in a statement. “The whole town has a responsibility because incidents like this affect us all.”