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7 injured in North Carolina ‘linked’ shootings in multiple locations

Police in Winston-Salem, North Carolina are investigating after seven people were injured in shootings Sunday night that appeared to be related, authorities said.

In a statement Monday morning, the Winston-Salem Police Department said officers responded to reported gunshots at “multiple locations” on Sunday.

“Preliminary information indicates that the scenes are all related,” said Kira Boyd, the department’s public information officer.

The public information officer said all seven people injured in the shooting suffered “non-life threatening injuries”.

“This is an active and ongoing investigation and is not considered a random act of violence,” Boyd said.

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Police told Winston-Salem-based NBC News affiliate WXII-TV that officers were initially called to the 900th block of Bethlehem Lane around 7:50 p.m. to multiple reports of gunfire.

Upon arrival, officers found more than 50 spent shell casings from weapons of varying calibers, police said.

During the investigation, officers received a report of two gunshot victims in their 30s nearby. Officers located the two victims, who had sustained gunshot wounds to the head and face, WXII-TV reported. Both were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

While assisting the two victims, officers were later alerted to four other victims who had been shot near the 2000 block of East 25th Street near the Prince of Peace Baptist Church, WXII reported. Three people, aged 21, 31 and 31, were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while a fourth refused to receive medical treatment.

A seventh victim, 24, was identified after arriving at hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. Police said the victim appeared to have been shot while in the 2000 block of East 25th Street.

Police did not provide any details about the potential suspects or the motive for the shooting.

The violence in the North Carolina town unfolded as the United States grappled with a series of mass shootings across the country.

On Sunday, one person was killed and five others injured in a shooting that unfolded as Asian worshipers gathered at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, southern California.

In Buffalo, 10 people were killed and three others injured Saturday in a supermarket in a racially motivated mass shooting.

It came a day after a mass shooting in downtown Milwaukee left at least 17 people injured on Friday night, shortly after fans began walking out of an NBA playoff game.

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