At least nine people were shot outside a bar in US Philadelphia on Saturday night, leaving two in critical condition.
According to US media reports, multiple shooters exited a vehicle in the Kensington area and fired about 40 shots, injuring nine in the process.
Four of the victims were in critical condition and the other five were stable.
The target of the shooters, who returned to the vehicle and left, remained unknown. The victims range in age from 23 years old to 40 years old, according to Philadelphia police.
Multiple people got out of a black car, fired roughly 40 shots, then fled the scene, First Deputy Police Commissioner John Stafford said in a news conference shortly after the incident. Police are still searching for the shooters and don't know a motive for the shooting yet, Stanford said.
“These individuals may have spotted someone they wanted to shoot at, exited the vehicle and just began firing,” Stanford said.
The bloodshed follows a series of US school shootings that have left dozens dead and wounded this year alone, adding to a long-running US debate over gun control. One of the deadliest incidents took place in May when a gunman killed 19 children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas.
As of November 3, there had been 417 fatal and 1,599 nonfatal shooting victims in Philadelphia in 2022, a city database showed.