WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Police say four teenagers were hurt in a shooting in north-central Wichita early Thursday morning.

First responders were call at around 3:15 a.m. in the 2300 block of East Murdock, near Grove. WPD spokesperson Andrew Ford said officers arrived to find a 15-year-old boy who had been shot in the upper thigh and lower torso. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

"While that is going on, three other victims show up at the hospital, all, we believe, from this incident, and that's what we're being told by them," Sgt. Paul Kimble said at the scene. "They were treated at the hospital, and none of them appear to be life-threatening injuries either."

Ford said the three included a 19-year-old male who was shot in the upper back, a 17-year-old male who was shot in the left thigh, and a 18-year-old male who was shot in the left elbow. Their injuries were not life-threatening. 

"Preliminary investigations reveal that the victims were walking west on Murdock at Spruce with a group when two males brandished a firearm and opened fire," Ford said in a release late Thursday morning.

Police said more than 50 rounds were fired.

Prior to the shooting, a separate incident occurred at Central and Oliver, where a male subject not involved in the shooting was assaulted after an exchange of words between his group walking east and another group walking west. Ford said the group walking west initiated the shooting.

Investigators have learned that the incident is possibly gang related, which, the release said, "underscores the serious nature of the gun violence affecting our community."

Wichita Police Chief Joe Sullivan issued the following statement:

"The alarming presence of firearms in the hands of our youth is a grave concern. Gun violence, especially among teenagers, not only threatens lives but also tears apart the fabric of our community. We must come together to address this issue, enforce our laws, and ensure that our streets are safe for everyone. We are committed to finding those responsible and bringing them to justice. Our children deserve to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment, free from the threat of violence."

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call WPD investigators at (316) 268-4407, or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111.