A shooting at a bar in South Carolina early Sunday morning left two people dead and at least seven others injured, The Washington Times reported.
The shooting occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday at a bar and music venue known as Mac’s Lounge in Hartsville, South Carolina. It remains unclear at this time what precipitated the shooting.
Suspects in custody
Local CBS affiliate WBTW reported that the Darlington County Coroner’s Office identified the two deceased victims as 21-year-old Dicaprio Collins and 29-year-old Bryan Robinson.
At least four other individuals who were injured during the shooting are reportedly being treated at local hospitals.
The Hartsville Police Department announced in a Facebook post on Sunday morning that an investigation had been opened into the incident. The department said it was receiving assistance in the probe from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the U.S. Marshals Service.
In a follow-up post on Monday, the department announced that two suspects in the shooting had been taken into custody and would soon be served with additional warrants as well as charges. The investigation, police said, is still ongoing.
Local NBC affiliate WIS reported that witnesses to the shooting at the bar described a chaotic situation in which it was initially unclear what had happened.
Samuel Dupree, who was dancing at the time the shooting occurred, recalled that he at first thought the gunshots were just firecrackers until he actually saw a gun being fired.
He told reporters that the gunshots caused the crowd to panic and rush toward the exit. In the frenzy, Dupree said he stopped to help a woman who had fallen and was being trampled.
Another witness named Parker Hayes, who was sitting at the bar when the gunfire erupted, took cover underneath the bar until the commotion subsided. He said he didn’t believe the shooting had been a random event but instead had stemmed from a fight between other patrons.
Both witnesses said the shooting had started near a back door that led to a patio. Police confirmed that one of the two victims had been found outside on the patio; the other was found inside the bar.
Hopefully, whoever is responsible for this senseless act is swiftly held accountable. It is truly a tragedy for all involved.