Two people were shot dead and seven others injured by gunfire early Monday during a gathering in Charlotte, N.C., the authorities said.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a statement that about five other people were injured by vehicles at the scene.
Officers were responding to a call for one of those injuries when the gunfire began.
The gunfire broke out at what appeared to be a multi-day block party connected to Juneteenth — the holiday, celebrated on Friday, that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
A very hectic scene on Beatties Ford Rd near Catherine Simmons. There are over 20 CMPD vehicles on scene and multiple medic and fire units are also here.@WBTV_News pic.twitter.com/U49gD4BTPH
— Taylor Simpson WBTV (@TaylorSimpsonTV) June 22, 2020
The Police Department said preliminary information indicated that several people discharged dozens of shots into a crowd that was gathered in the area, a busy commercial street north of the central business district.
Videos posted online by people at the scene captured the sound of dozens of gunshots as some fled the area and others worked to help those injured.