Six people were fatally shot Tuesday morning near Methodist North Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., hospital and law enforcement officials said.
Memphis police responding at 12:42 a.m. ET near New Covington Pike and Austin Peay Highway found six victims who “all were allegedly shot by suspects in a black SUV,” their department said.
Four victims remained in critical condition, Memphis police said hours later. The other two patients had been upgraded to non-critical condition, they said.
The incident – so close to where people usually go to seek care – offers another example of how gun violence is interrupting American life in places traditionally considered safe. It also ranks among more than 400 mass shootings this year in the United States, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines such incidents as those in which at least four people are shot, not including a shooter.
In the Memphis shooting, “three of the victims involved are currently in custody as they were in possession of a stolen vehicle,” police said, adding that an investigation is ongoing.
No hospital staff were injured in the shooting, Methodist Healthcare in Memphis said in a statement.
At the hospital, employees guided patients away from the emergency department waiting area as the medical facility’s security team and Memphis police responded to the shooting, he said. declared. The patients were treated and taken to Regional One Health and Le Bonheur hospitals.