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Arkansas nightclub shooting leaves 28 wounded

Police vehicles are seen at the scene of the shooting overnight Image copyright EVN
Image caption Police cordoned off the scene following reports of multiple shootings at a nightclub

At least 25 people have been shot at a nightclub in the US state of Arkansas, two of whom are in critical condition, police say.

Three others were injured in a stampede of people fleeing the scene. The youngest victim was said to be 16.

The exchange of gunfire took place at about 02:30 local time (07:30 GMT) at a concert, but there was no immediate information about a suspect.

Police and local officials said the incident was not terrorism-related.

The mayor of Little Rock, Mark Stodola, said it was the result of a disagreement involving a number of patrons at the Power Ultra Lounge nightclub, which quickly escalated because of "the presence of rivalries and weapons".

"I want to reassure our public that this was not an act of terrorism, but a tragedy... It does not appear to be a planned shooting," Mr Stodola told reporters.

He said that all of the 28 people injured in the incident were expected to survive.

Little Rock police chief Kenton Buckner said the authorities were investigating whether a longstanding rivalry between gangs was to blame.

Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also assisting local police.

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