A mass shooting at a house party in North Carolina has left three people dead and at least another four injured, police have said.
Police were alerted to the shooting inside a home in Wilmington at around midnight last night and found seven victims at the scene.
The police said they would not release the identity of the victims until family members have been notified.
The four injured victims are being treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, although their conditions are not known at this time.
The shooting occurred at a house party in a residential area of Wilmington, North Carolina, last night, leaving three dead and another four injured
In a news release, Wilmington Police said: ‘Our hearts go out to all affected by this senseless violence, and we ask that anyone with information surrounding this incident please come forward so that we may find justice.’
No motive has been determined and investigators are working at the scene to identify suspects. Lt. Irving, a Wilmington police watch commander, said at least one person suspected of firing shots is believed to have fled.
‘There was a house party that was taking place inside of a house,’ Police Chief Donny Williams told WECT-TV. ‘At least seven people inside were shot and three are deceased.
‘They are not being identified until the next of kin has been notified. We don’t feel that the public is in any danger at the moment and are working to get suspects ‘
‘In my more than two decades as a prosecutor this is one of the worst crimes we have ever had in the Port City,’ district attorney Ben David added.
Police were alerted to gunfire at around midnight last night and responding officers found seven victims at the scene
‘The community’s unimaginable grief must be met with an equal commitment to get justice for all of the victims in this case.’
Photos taken at the scene at at 7th and Kidder Streets show the area cordoned off with several police cars stationed in the vicinity.
The incident is the fourth mass shooting in the United States in less than three weeks, leaving 25 people dead. On March 16, Robert Aaron Long, 21, gunned down eight people in a series of attacks at three Atlanta spas, with six of the victims Asian women.
The following Tuesday, gunman Ahmad Alissa shot dead ten people including a police officer, in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, and on Wednesday a shooting at a Southern California office building left four people dead, including a child.