Mass Shooting Part of Violence Rise in Little Rock

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Bryant Moore, 22, dropped to the ground as more than 50 bullets sprayed across the Power Ultra Lounge nightclub in downtown Little Rock early Saturday morning, the Washington Post reports. Some 28 people were injured — 25 by gunshots — in the nation’s largest mass shooting since Pulse nightclub attack a year earlier in Orlando. “Like a damn movie,” Moore says, describing the scene. He was shot three times, in his thigh and in both feet, which are now wrapped with black, bootlike contraptions. “I ain’t never been scared of no guns,” he says. “I guess it had to take me being shot to just come to a realization that this is not a damn game. Life is not a game.”

Authorities have said all the injured people are expected to survive. The lack of fatalities doesn’t make the incident less shocking. It is the third mass shooting in Arkansas this year, as many mass shootings as the state experienced in all of 2016. Little Rock has seen a bump in violent crime over the past few months. There have been 29 homicides this year, compared with 15 at this time last year, said Police Lt. Steven McClanahan. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that violent crime in the city in 2017 had increased more than 20 percent when compared with the 2016 figures from the same time period. Police say gang members were present at Saturday’s shooting, and some in attendance “have been on our radar screen,” McClanahan said. Ricky Hampton, known as the rapper Finese2 Tymes, was performing at Power Ultra Lounge on the night of the shooting. He was arrested Sunday in an unrelated shooting. Mayor Mark Stodola said Little Rock’s surge in violent crime is “not unlike what’s happening in other cities around the country.”

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