7 Shot At SoCal Nightclub's 'Purge'-Themed Halloween Party

“People started falling to the ground, and I thought people were fighting or dancing at first,” said a witness describing the moment bullets started flying at the Sevilla nightclub in Riverside, California. 

By Gina Tron
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Seven people were shot and wounded at a Southern California nightclub during a party themed on the horror movie franchise “The Purge.”

The shooting was reported early Monday at a nightclub called Sevilla in Riverside, according to a police statement.

“People started falling to the ground, and I thought people were fighting or dancing at first,” an unidentified witness told CBS Los Angeles. “And I turn around, and then people started shooting and then I ran behind the bar. … I heard automatic gunshots, there was like 10 in a row.”

Officers found two victims with gunshot wounds inside the nightclub and they were taken to a hospital for treatment. Five other victims later arrived at local hospitals for treatment of wounds. None of the victims' wounds are life-threatening.

Investigators think the shooting may have been triggered after a fight, Riverside Public Information Officer Ryan Railsback told KTLA.

The investigation is being handled by the department's robbery-homicide and gang intelligence units.

An Eventbrite invitation called the party “THE PURGE AT SEVILLAS.” The premise of the movie series “The Purge” is a future where all crime, including murder, is made legal one day a year.

No suspects have been identified for the shooting at Sevilla and there is no description of any suspects.

Anyone with information with this incident is urged to call Detective Trevor Childers at (951) 353-7130 or Detective Karla Corbett at (951) 353-7134. Anonymous tips can be made via email at rpdtips@riversideca.gov

[Photo: File photo of guests attending the "USA Purge Activation" during July's Comic Con in San Diego. Getty Images]

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