A six-year-old girl was killed and five others were injured in a shooting in Washington D.C.
Shots rang out in the south-east part of the city at around 11.10pm last night.
One girl was rushed to hospital but sadly died, while three men and two women suffered non-life -threatening injuries after being shot.
Local police, who have yet to make any arrests in the case, said too many children are becoming the victims of gun violence.
Metropolitan Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict added: “Shortly after 11pm officers heard shots of gunfire at the corner of Malcolm X and MLK boulevard.
“In total there were six victims, five adults and one six-year-old female.
“There is too much gun violence still perpetuated in this city. Too many children, innocent children, are being harmed by gunfire.
“We’re responding to too many calls of children being affected by gunfire.”
Police have yet to provide any details on the suspect and they are appealing for witnesses to step forward.
It comes less than a month after a string of drive-by shootings at eight locations in Phoenix left one person dead and 12 injured.
Not all of the victims had suffered bullet wounds, with four people shot and the other injuries involving ‘shrapnel and where a car had crashed’ he added.
Officers also said that a person, identified only as an ‘adult male’ had been caught in relation to the attack and was in custody.
Asked about a possible motive for the deadly spree Brandon said: “We don’t know the nexus, we don’t know what the motive was, we don’t know what this person was thinking when they went out and did this.”
He added: “This is the beginning stages of this investigation… with multiple agencies involved. And this person going on this spree throughout the West Valley this morning in a period of literally an hour and a half.
“That’s a lot for us to investigate so we have teams going everywhere.
“We ask the citizens to stay away from those areas that they are doing those investigations but if they have information to give us a call.”
“We have two people confirmed shot in random acts,” Surprise Police Sgt. Greg Welch told CNN. He said there were multiple shooting locations but could not provide an exact number.
He added that one suspect had been ‘apprehended in a traffic stop.’. He said one of the two shooting victims in his community is hospitalized in critical condition.
Officers added that a weapon had been found inside the vehicle and the arrest happened ‘without incident.’
A spokesperson for Banner Health told ABC15 that they had received a total of nine patients at three of their hospitals in relation to the multiple shootings, which they referred to as a drive-by shooting incident.