14 shot with 1 dead in shooting at SC nightclub, police say; victim is identified
At least two gunmen shot 14 people, killing one, at a nightclub early Saturday morning in Aiken, South Carolina, in what police described as a drive-by shooting.
The shooting occurred at the 7th Lounge at 1695 Richland Ave East shortly before 12:47 a.m., according to a statement by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
Witnesses told deputies that three people drove up to the club in a light-colored Chevy Tahoe and opened fire with what appeared to be a handgun and a rifle, the sheriff’s office said.
When deputies arrived, they immediately gave aid to the wounded, the office said. Paramedics declared one person dead at the scene.
The Aiken County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 30-year-old Craig Youmans of North Augusta. A shooter struck Youmans in the body with at least one bullet, Coroner Darryl Ables said.
Investigators have not given the motive for the shooting.
“This investigation is still in it preliminary stages and as information becomes available it will be released,” the sheriff’s office said.
The sheriff’s office is asking for tips to help find the shooters.
Police said if anyone has any video or information on the shooting suspects to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at 803-648-6811. Information can also be provided anonymously through Midlands Crime Stoppers by visiting its site or calling 888-274-6372. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible for the crime, the office said.
Bars in South Carolina are not allowed to serve alcohol after 11 p.m. right now because of an executive order by Gov. Henry McMaster. The restriction is meant to curb gatherings of large crowds at bars to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Many bars now close at 11 p.m.