AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Amarillo Police are investigating an overnight shooting in northeast Amarillo that left six people injured.
According to APD, at about 3:46 a.m., officers responded to a shooting at an after-hours club in the 1300 block of NE 3rd Ave. When they arrived, they found multiple areas where multiple rounds had been fired.
APD said the six victims were treated for gunshot wounds at local area hospitals. None of the injuries were life-threatening.
“Our detectives are still investigating what happened, but what we do know is that some sort of dispute happened and several people fired shots at each other. In the course of that happening people who were not involved in the dispute also got hit with gunfire,” said Chief Martin Birkenfeld with the Amarillo Police Department.
Chief Birkenfeld added unfortunately violent crime is seeing a rise in Amarillo in the last few months, with some of that driven by shootings.
“I’m trying not to be too emotional about it, but I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for us as a community to work on this violent crime situation. That means we have to talk out loud about it, we can’t be scared to say something and we can’t be scared to come forward when something like this happens.”
He also added these after-hours clubs are also a part of the problem.
“There are a number of places over the years that have popped up as after-hours clubs and these businesses are illicit businesses. They are a haven for drug dealing, they are a haven for illicit activity, assaults, and fights and this is a prime example of what we saw this morning,” said Chief Birkenfeld.
Chief Birkenfeld said the way the city is dealing with after-hour clubs is using the resources of the Police Department, the health department, and the Fire Marshal’s Office to help shut these clubs down.
Amarillo Chief of Police Martin Birkenfeld also released the following statement in response to the shooting:
“This gun violence is unacceptable in our community. It is not OK to stay silent on this issue because innocent lives are at stake. We appreciate the information that has come in and we expect more people to come forward and help sort out this incident by identifying the criminals who were shooting. The police department will continue to investigate this senseless violence until the shooters are brought to justice.”
The statement continued, “Businesses that choose to operate in such a way that jeopardizes the safety of patrons are also part of the problem and will be held accountable.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 806-374-4400. You can also make an anonymous tip on the P3 app or at amapolice.org.