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Seven shot at bar in West Virginia on New Year’s Day

January 1, 2020 GMT
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A Huntington police officer investigates the scene of a shooting in Huntington, W.Va., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Police in West Virginia say several people were injured after a shooting at a bar in Huntington early New Year's Day. Huntington's interim police chief says the shooting happened Wednesday at the Kulture Hookah Bar. (Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch via AP)
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A Huntington police officer investigates the scene of a shooting in Huntington, W.Va., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Police in West Virginia say several people were injured after a shooting at a bar in Huntington early New Year's Day. Huntington's interim police chief says the shooting happened Wednesday at the Kulture Hookah Bar. (Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch via AP)

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (AP) — Seven people were injured in a shooting at a bar in West Virginia early New Year’s Day, police said.

The shooting happened early Wednesday at the Kulture Hookah Bar in Huntington, interim Huntington Police Chief Ray Cornwell said in a news release.

The statement said several people were found shot inside and outside of the bar. Cornwell said initial information suggested the shooting involved a dispute between individuals.

No arrests have been made.

According to WOWK-TV, more than a dozen shell casings were found outside the bar and in a parking lot across the street. About 50 people were inside the bar when police arrived.

The injured were taken to a hospital for treatment. Authorities did not specify the nature of their injuries.

“Any incident of this nature in the downtown or in any of our neighborhoods is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said in a statement. “We are waiting for law enforcement investigators to provide more complete information about this incident before we determine the next steps.”