Officers responded to the area of Piggly Wiggly Drive and West Jimtown Drive in reference to a shooting at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday and found numerous victims with gunshot wounds, North Charleston Police Deputy Chief Scott Deckard said.
The victims were treated and taken to local hospitals. Several additional victims were located at area hospitals after being transported by others. Information on their status was not immediately available.
Deckard said a fight broke out near the concert stage prior to the shooting. As yet there is no information on a possible suspect or suspects.
Images of the scene taken by police and provided by CNN affiliate WCSC
show a makeshift “tiki bar,” coolers and drinks scattered across the area, a stage with large speakers and a table with food, sodas and snacks. The North Charleston Police Department said it was not aware of the event beforehand.
The incident was among several in another spate of weekend gun violence, including mass shootings in New Jersey
, in Youngstown, Ohio
, and Columbus, Ohio
. American cities have seen a stark rise in gun violence
over the last year that criminologists have connected to the coronavirus pandemic’s economic and social impact as well as mistrust in policing.