Authorities in South Carolina say they are investigating a shooting at a club in Hampton County early Sunday that left at least nine people injured. It was the third mass shooting in the US over the Easter holiday weekend.
The three shootings in South Carolina and Pittsburgh left two minors dead and at least 31 people injured.
The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), which is investigating, said in an email that no deaths were reported in the initial shooting at Cara’s Lounge in Hampton County. No information was immediately available on the severity of the injuries. SLED says the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office asked him to investigate. Hampton County is approximately 80 miles west of Charleston, South Carolina.
Meanwhile, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, two minors were killed and at least eight people were injured during a shooting at a house party. The shooting, which followed an altercation, occurred around 12:30 a.m. during a party at a short-term rental property where hundreds of people, the “vast majority” of them minors, had gathered, he told reporters. reporters Chief Scott Schubert of the Pittsburgh Police Department. .
Sunday’s shootings come just a day after gunfire erupted at a busy shopping mall in the state capital of Columbia, South Carolina. Nine people were shot and five people were injured while trying to flee the scene at Columbiana Center, Columbia Police Chief WH (Skip) Holbrook said Saturday. The victims were between 15 and 73 years old.
The Columbia Police Department announced the arrest of 22-year-old Jewayne M. Price, who was one of three people initially taken into custody by police as a person of interest in the mall shooting. Price is scheduled for a bond hearing at 2 pm Sunday on charges of unlawful possession of a handgun. It’s not immediately known if Price has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.
Police said the 73-year-old victim continues to receive medical treatment, but the other victims have been released from local hospitals or will be soon.
“We don’t think this was random,” Holbrook said. “We believe they knew each other and something led to the shooting.”
The three Easter weekend mass shootings come on top of other shootings in recent days. Last week, a gunman opened fire on a New York City subway car, injuring 10 people. A suspect was arrested the next day.
Earlier this month, police said six people were killed and 12 others injured in Sacramento, California, during a shootout between rival gangs as bars closed in a busy area near the Downtown Commons mall and the state capitol.
A week ago, a shooting inside a crowded nightclub in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, left a man and a woman dead and 10 people injured in the early hours of April 10, authorities said. And in March, 10 people were shot at a Dallas spring break party and several more were injured as they tried to escape gunfire, police said.