Shortly after 11pm, Saturday night, June 4,2022 a shooting happened at a graduation party that was taking place in the yard of a residence on St. Paul Rd. in the Summerton area of Clarendon County.
Witnesses said, two vehicles approached the residence, one drove into the yard and the other stayed on the highway. At that time, shots were fired. It is not sure whether shots were fired at specific persons or just randomly into the crowd. The vehicles then sped away, heading south on St. Paul Highway.
When officers arrived on scene, there were around 150 people in the yard. There were multiple gunshot victims. Clarendon County Fire Rescue and Clarendon Sheriff’s Office Deputies began treating and transporting victims to Clarendon McLeod Hospital. There was a total of 8 victims. There was one 12-year-old, one 13-year-old, one 14-year-old, two 15-year-old, one 17-year-old, one 32-year-old and one 36-year-old victims hit by gun fire. The 32-year -old, a female, succumbed to her injuries this morning and died.
There were at least 60 to 70 rounds fired at this incident. It is not clear, as of yet, if some of these rounds may have been return fire from some of the subjects at the party.
This appears to be a Gang Related Incident stemming from previous drive by shootings in other parts of the county. We are and will continue to work on this incident until arrest are made on the persons responsible. These acts of violence cannot continue. Innocent children and adults are suffering the consequences of these acts!
Anyone with any information that may help with this case is asked to call the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office at 803-435-4414
The Manning Police Department, The South Carolina Highway Patrol, The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement, SLED and the Clarendon County Fire Rescue assisted the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office with this incident.
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