Eight people were shot and a child was hit by a vehicle Sunday morning after gunfire broke out following an argument, Fort Worth police say.
At 1:30 a.m., an officer near the 3400 block of Horne Street heard gunshots. Additional officers arrived and found eight people who had been shot near the car wash, police said.
The victims, most of whom were thought to be innocent bystanders, were taken to several hospitals and were reported to be in stable condition, police said.
A girl also had minor injuries after she was struck by a vehicle that was trying to leave the area, police said.
"This is an extremely tragic event that happened on what is supposed to be a festive occasion," said Fort Worth Police Chief Neil Noakes.
Police said the shooting occurred after several men got into an argument. At one point, one person left, returned with a gun and started shooting. Multiple people fired back.
No one has been taken into custody in the shooting.
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Police have not released any additional information about the victims.
Noakes said police are still trying to determine what led to the shooting, and what type of gathering was happening when shots rang out.
He expressed frustration at the situation and pledged the department would find those responsible.
"Frustration when you have people who are gathering to maybe celebrate what should be a festive occasion and it ends in something tragic like this," Noakes said. "We're praying there will be no loss of life, we're praying for the wellbeing of the victims and for comfort for them and their loved ones."
He also commended the officers who responded and provided emergency medical support to the victims and said lives may have been saved because of their actions.
The Fort Worth Police Department has a tactical medic unit that employs officers also trained in emergency medical care who can go into situations that have not yet been secure for other first responders.
Noakes said those officers "played a critical role" in the police response Sunday night.