At least two people were killed and eight others injured in a shooting at a South Carolina nightclub, according to police.
The Grenville County sheriff’s office says they are actively investigating the club’s site on Whitehorse Road.
According to a media statement, a vice was traveling all the way around 1:50 am when they noticed a disturbance at Lavish Lounge.
The MP reportedly requested support, due to active gunfire being heard from inside the building. Several law enforcement officials, including from Greenville City Police and South Carolina Highway Patrol, responded to help.
Several gunshot victims were found inside and four were taken by EMS to the district hospital. Officials say that the sheriff’s office communications center also received news that many other victims were taken to hospital in personal cars.
The Greenville Coroner office confirms the death of two people from their wounds. Representatives say the victims’ other eight injuries range from non-life-threatening to severe.
Later, the forensic office identified the deceased as a 51-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman.
Mr Clarence Sterling Johnson died at Grenville Memorial Hospital at around 2:52 a.m. from a gunshot wound.
Mykala Bell was also transported to Greenville Memorial with a gunshot wound, and unfortunately died of her wounds around 3:17 am.
Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis says the club has a history of many service calls, including some shootings and fights.
Al-Sharif said that there were about 200 people inside the building at the time of the accident – which could be considered a violation of the Coronavirus. Sheriff Lewis says his agency is working with the South Carolina Department of Law Enforcement and the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation on the investigation and is looking into the possibility of revoking the club’s alcohol and business licenses.
The investigation is still active. Investigators made their way into the building and were gathering evidence. Sheriff Lewis said large quantities of blood, shell casings and personal belongings could be found inside the club.
Sheriff Lewis says that at least two suspects are being searched for. He says some of the people involved in the accident are known members of the gang, but it’s unclear at this point if the shooting was related to the gang.