A shooting in the capital of Rhode Island on May 13 has injured nine people, according to police.
Police in the city of Providence believed that the shooting that occurred just before 7 p.m. was the largest shooting in the history of the city.
Three victims were “very seriously injured, maybe critically,” Police Chief Hugh Clements said at a press conference.
The chief also said that the suspects and the victims of the shooting “might be one and the same” and that their ages range between 19 and 25 years.
Clements did not provide further details on the identities of the victims and emphasized that the investigation was in its early stages.
No arrests have been made.
The shooting involved an “ongoing feud” between two groups known to authorities, according to Clements.
Clements said the shooting in the southeastern neighborhood of Washington Park began when people inside a vehicle started shooting after pulling up outside a residence. Then, those inside the residence returned fire.
“This was not random. It was targeted at that address,” Clements said, estimating that participants fired several dozen shots.
According to Clements, participants in the shooting used at least four to five guns.
“We have a gun issue in this city,” Clements said.
Mayor Jorge Elorza criticized the ready availability of guns in the city, saying that it “has to stop.”
“The young people involved believing that the way to solve their disputes is with a handgun. I mean, that just can’t be the way,” Elorza told reporters.
“It’s just too easy to access these guns and we have to do something about that,” Elorza further said.