South Carolina authorities are investigating a shooting that occurred at a nightclub early Sunday morning that left at least nine people injured. During the Easter holiday weekend, there was a second mass shooting in the state and a third across the country, according to authorities.
According to recent reports, at least 31 people were injured in the shootings in South Carolina and Pittsburgh, which included the deaths of two juveniles early Sunday morning.
According to an email from South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division, which is investigating the shooting at Cara’s Lounge in Hampton County, some 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Charleston, no one has been reported killed in the violence. There was no response to a phone call to the nightclub.
When bullets were fired during a party at a short-term rental house in Pittsburgh, two male teens were murdered and at least eight others were injured, according to authorities. According to the city’s Police Chief, Scott Schubert, the “great majority” of the hundreds of individuals who attended the party were under the legal drinking age. According to the medical examiner’s office, Jaiden Brown and Mathew Steffy-Ross, both 17, were the two people who died.
There were several shooters, according to investigators, and Schubert said that police were reviewing evidence at up to eight distinct crime sites in the area around the rented property.
The two shootings took place only one day after gunshots erupted at a bustling mall in Columbia, South Carolina’s state capital, which is roughly 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of the nightclub shooting that took place on Sunday. According to Columbia Police Chief W.H. “Skip” Holbrook, nine people were shot and five others got different types of injuries while attempting to leave the situation at the Columbiana Centre on Saturday. The ages of the victims varied from 15 to 73 years old. None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries.
The incident, according to Holbrook, “didn’t happen by coincidence.””We believe they knew each other and something led to the gunfire.”
So far, Jewayne M. Price, 22, has been arrested in connection with the mall shooting. He was one of three people initially detained by law enforcement as a person of interest in the incident. During a press conference on Sunday, Price’s attorney, Todd Rutherford, said that his client discharged a weapon at the mall, but claimed it was in self-defense. According to Rutherford, the accusation of illegally carrying a handgun against Price stems from the fact that he legally possessed his firearm but did not possess the necessary license to do so.
Columbia police announced on Twitter that a court had agreed to allow Price to be released from prison on $25,000 surety bail on Sunday. According to authorities, he will be placed on home arrest with an ankle monitor.
“It was unprovoked by him. He called the police, turned himself in, turned over the firearm that was used in this, and gave a statement to the Columbia Police Department. That is why he got a $25,000 bond,” said Rutherford.
According to police, Price will be allowed to go from his house to his place of employment at certain hours each day. Price is not allowed to communicate with the victims or anybody else who was involved in the incident.
Gun permits are available to citizens of South Carolina who are 21 years old or older and who have not been arrested for carrying a concealed firearm in the previous year. They must complete eight hours of firearms training and pass a background check, which includes fingerprinting.
The three mass shootings that occurred during the Easter weekend are in addition to other acts of gun violence that have occurred in recent days. Last week, a shooter opened fire on a New York City subway vehicle, injuring a total of ten passengers. The next day, a suspect was apprehended. Six individuals were murdered and 12 others were injured in a shooting between rival gangs in Sacramento, California, earlier this month, as clubs in the city’s bustling downtown district, just steps from the state Capitol, were closing their doors.
Several people were injured and two people were killed in a shooting inside a crowded nightclub in Cedar Rapids a week ago. During a spring break party in Dallas last month, ten people were shot and many more were hurt as they tried to escape the shooting.