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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Six people were wounded in a shooting spree early Saturday near a Tennessee nightclub as patrons inside kept dancing to loud music, unaware of the violence outside.

Clarksville police said the shootings occurred shortly before 2 a.m. near the El Punto nightclub. The wounded were taken to hospitals in Clarksville and Nashville, about 50 miles southeast of Clarksville. The extent of their injuries was unknown.

Police department spokeswoman Natalie Hall said authorities have no suspects. Police were gathering evidence in a parking lot near the nightclub on Saturday.

"It appears that this was not a random shooting and does not pose a threat to the general public," Clarksville police said in a statement.

The nightclub owner, Jorge Matias, said the shootings happened about an hour before his club closed, but some of his customers were leaving when the gunshots rang out.

Inside the club, people kept dancing to the loud music, he said.

"Nobody heard nothing inside," he said.

Matias said the club's doors were closed as a precaution after he learned of the shootings, but the doors reopened a short time after the gunfire ended.

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