2 Dead, 8 Hurt in SC Shooting 07/05 09:56
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A shooting at a nightclub early Sunday left two
people dead and eight wounded in South Carolina, a sheriff's official said.
Two Greenville County sheriff's deputies noticed a disturbance at Lavish
Lounge just before 2 a.m., and saw a large crowd running out of the building,
Sheriff Hobart Lewis said at a press conference. There was "active gunfire from
inside the building," Lt. Jimmy Bolt said in an initial statement, and Lewis
said all the shots were fired inside.
Both Lewis and Bolt initially said 12 people had been wounded -- with at
least four in critical condition, Lewis said -- but Bolt told The Associated
Press that two victims were likely counted twice in the confusion at the
No one was immediately taken into custody. Bolt told the AP that the
sheriff's office was looking for two suspects, but couldn't provide names or
"We don't really have a person of interest that we can name," Lewis said at
the press conference, later adding that authorities weren't sure what led to
Lewis said a "very large crowd" was at the nightclub for "some type of
concert." A post on Lavish Lounge's Facebook page advertised a July 4
performance by trap rapper Foogiano. An Instagram direct message from the AP
wasn't immediately returned, but a bookings representative told the AP via text
message that Foogiano was fine and his team was safe.
Coronavirus cases in South Carolina have risen swiftly and the state's rate
of positive tests is three times the recommended level. In late June, the
upstate city of Greenville -- which has experienced some of the state's highest
COVID-19 rates -- became the first city to mandate face coverings in South
Carolina, where Gov. Henry McMaster has refused to implement a statewide mask
McMaster reminded South Carolinians last week that he hadn't lifted
restrictions on large crowds, and that those operating nightclubs illegally or
holding concerts against his orders don't have to be caught in the act to face
criminal charges, but instead could be charged weeks later if COVID-19 cases
are traced back.
Under restrictions imposed by McMaster in March to restrict the spread of
the coronavirus, gatherings of 50 or more people in a single room are
off-limits. It was not immediately clear how many people were in the club at
the time of the shooting.
Lewis said at the press conference he didn't know whether the club had
sought an exemption to the governor's order or secured a permit for Saturday
night's event, but said it was clear the club's patrons weren't 6 feet (2
"It's certainly not the best situation to stop the spread of this virus,"
the sheriff said.
A phone call and an Instagram direct message from the AP to Lavish Lounge
weren't immediately returned, but the club posted on Facebook just before 6
a.m. that events "have been postponed until further notice."
Lewis said the victims, whose names were not immediately released, were
taken to the Prisma Health hospital in Greenville, some via private vehicle.
Bolt said that of the eight wounded, some had non-life-threatening injuries and
others were in critical condition, but he didn't have a tally of the latter.
Prisma Health spokesperson Tammie Epps said she did not know how many
victims were in critical condition.