This is the terrifying moment a shooter opened fire during a gig at a Little Rock nightclub.
Rapper Finese TwoTymes, aka Ricky Hampton, was on stage at the Power Ultra Lounge in Arkansas in the early hours of Saturday morning when the shooting began.
Video shows the nightclub revelers hitting the deck as the gunshots flashed bright, and loud, in the dark venue.
Rapper Finese TwoTymes, aka Ricky Hampton, (pictured) has been arrested in connection with a shooting at a Little Rock nightclub
Moments before tragedy struck: Revelers were having fun at the gig (pictured) until someone opened fire
When the shots rang out, people screamed and dropped to the floor of the club
At least 24 rounds were fired in about 11 seconds, striking multiple people.
Darryl Rankin, who posted the video to his Facebook page, revealed that a friend he attended the concert with had a bullet ‘stuck in his spine.’
There were no fatalities in the shooting but 25 people had to be taken to hospital for treatment for gunshot wounds, Fox News reports. Another three were injured in the stampede for the exits. Two people remain in a serious condition in hospital but officials say they are expected to survive.
Police report that Hampton, of Tennessee, has been arrested in connection with the shooting, alongside another unnamed man. Both were being being held at the Jefferson County jail.
His booking agent told KATV his client had ‘nothing to do’ with the incident.
Finese TwoTymes, aka Ricky Hampton, was on stage at the Power Ultra Lounge in Arkansas in the early hours of Saturday morning when the shooting began
He has since been arrested in connection with the shooting, along with another unnamed man (left, the rapper on his Facebook page, and right, in his mugshot)
Hampton posted a Facebook status to victims and fans who came to the event
Little Rock Mayor, Mark Stodola, said it was the incident began after an argument broke out between several nightclub goers which escalated because of ‘the presence of rivalries and weapons’.
‘I want to reassure our public that this was not an act of terrorism, but a tragedy… It does not appear to be a planned shooting,’ he added.
He also said that ads promoting Finese 2Tynes’ gig featured a man pointing at the camera which ‘should also be totally unacceptable in our community.’
Hampton also posted a message to victims and fans who came to the event on his Facebook page.
‘Prayers go out to the innocent people and there(sic) family that came out to support me, last night in Little Rock, Ark. The violence is not for the club people. We all come with 1 motive at the end of the day, and thats to have fun. Not to be hurt. So again I send me condolences to the people who were hurt.’
A photo taken from the sidewalk outside the Pulse Ultra Lounge, where gunfire led to more than two dozen injuries earlier Saturday
Police and paramedics were quick to respond to reports of gunshots at the club at 2.30am Saturday morning which authorities say helped prevent casualties.
Witness Frankie Bledsaw, who attended the concert with his brother and friends, said there was a ‘good mood’ in the club until the shooting began.
‘Just senseless really. Come out to have a good time and this what happens.’
Bledshaw said it had taken him ten minutes to escape the club but thankfully avoided any injury.
Later that day, a candlelight vigil was held at the Second Baptist Church to pray for the injured.
A note posted on the door of the Power Ultra Lounge on Saturday, by its landlord, revealed it had just three days to move out ‘due to your failure to maintain the premises in a safe condition.’
City officials also plan to shut down the club under a ‘criminal abatement’ program. The club’s license has previously been suspended 11 times and cited seven times.
Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson offered his condolences over the shooting and raised concerns about the number of ‘high-profile shootings’ and ‘senseless violent tragedy’ in the state.