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At least 9 people shot at Memphis block party

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At least 9 people were shot Saturday when gunfire erupted at a block party in Memphis, Tennessee, police say. Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

The shooting happened just before 7:20 p.m. on Saturday when hundreds of people were attending an unauthorized block party at Orange Mound Park in southeast Memphis.

Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis initially reported that 16 people were shot but the department later revised it to 8, explaining that some of the victims had been counted multiple times.

Two victims were pronounced dead at the scene and the other six were taken to area hospitals for treatment. One of them remained in critical condition just before midnight.

Police confirmed that another victim was reported on Sunday, raising the total to 9. The ninth victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.

“We are working tirelessly tonight to identify the individuals who were involved in this shooting,” Davis said. “We believe there were at least two individuals that fired weapons during this incident.”

Details about a possible motive for the shooting were not immediately known and no arrests were made as of Sunday night. A $15,000 reward has been issued for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

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