South Carolina Mass Shootings: 18 Wounded

(HAMPTON, S.C.) — Authorities in South Carolina are investigating a shooting at a nightclub early Sunday that wounded at least nine people. The shooting was second in the state, and third across the country during the Easter holiday weekend.

Two minors died in shootings in South Carolina on Sunday. Another in Pittsburgh left 31 other people injured.

No one was reported killed in the violence at Cara’s Lounge in Hampton County, roughly 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Charleston, according to an email from South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division, which is investigating the shooting. The nightclub did not return a phone call.

Two young men were shot to death and eight others were injured in Pittsburgh during an event at a temporary rental property. The “vast majority” of the hundreds of people at the party were underage, the city’s Police Chief Scott Schubert told reporters. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the two victims as Jaiden Brown and Mathew Steffy-Ross, both 17.

According to investigators, there may have been multiple gunmen. Schubert stated that police are currently processing evidence from eight different crime scenes located within a block of the rental house.

The two shootings come just a day after gunfire erupted at a busy mall in the South Carolina state capital of Columbia, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Sunday’s nightclub shooting. W.H. Columbia Police Chief stated that 9 people were injured and 5 others suffered other injuries after trying to flee Columbiana Centre. “Skip” Holbrook said Saturday. They range in age between 15 and 73. No one suffered life-threatening injuries.

“We don’t believe this was random,” Holbrook said. “We believe they knew each other and something led to the gunfire.”

Jewayne M. price, 22-year-old was the sole person to be arrested for the incident at the mall. He was one of three persons initially held by law enforcement in connection with the person of concern. Price’s attorney, Todd Rutherford, told news outlets Sunday that his client fired a gun at the mall, but in self-defense. Rutherford claimed that Price was facing an illegally carrying gun charge because although he had a permit, he didn’t have one.

Columbia police reported on Twitter that Price was released from jail after a judge granted a $25,000 surety bail. Police said that Price was going to be placed under house arrest and fitted 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,” Rutherford said, according to WMBF-TV. “That is why he got a $25,000 bond.”

According to police officers, Price can travel home from work for certain hours every day if the judge allows it. Price can’t contact victims or other people involved in shootings.

South Carolina citizens over the age of 21 can obtain a weapons permit. They are allowed to conceal or openly carry firearms since last year. The applicant must complete eight hours of firearm training, and they will need to pass fingerprinting.

These mass shootings occurred on Easter weekend, along with other recent gun violence. A gunman attacked a New York subway station last week and wounded 10 people. The suspect was also arrested that day. In Sacramento, California this month six were shot dead and 12 more injured during a fight between rival gangs. The incident occurred as bars close in downtown Sacramento just blocks from Sacramento State Capitol.

Untold numbers of people were injured and two men died in a shooting that took place at Cedar Rapids’ nightclub. Last month at spring break in Dallas, 10 were gunned down and others sustained injuries as they attempted to flee the fire.

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