Aiken Nightclub Shooting: 1 Dead, 13 Wounded by South Carolina Gunmen

Aiken nightclub shooting


A deadly shooting at a South Carolina nightclub on Saturday morning left one person dead and 13 injured, and at least three suspects are still at large, according to local media.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office responded to the city’s Seventh Lounge nightclub just before 1 a.m. on November 28, WRDW reported.

“When deputies arrived, they found several people wounded and they immediately went to work to secure the scene and give aid,” the station said.

A male with several gunshot wounds was later pronounced dead at the scene by county medical services, WRDW continued. The victim has been identified by WJBF as 30-year-old Craig Youmans of North Augusta.

The other victims were taken to nearby hospitals to be treated for their injuries, WJBF continued.

Police said at least three suspects were “inside a light-color Chevy Tahoe that left the area after the shooting,” WRDW reported. Witnesses told police that they saw the suspects fire a rifle and handgun from the car, the station said.

Heavy has reached out to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office for more details and is awaiting a response.

Here’s what you need to know:

Local Media Described the Shooting as a ‘Targeted Attack’

The Aiken Standard described the Saturday morning shooting as “what appears to be a targeted attack.”

“Fourteen people were shot early Saturday morning in what appears to be a targeted attack on Aiken’s eastern edge,” the newspaper said on November 28.

“Whether there was a confrontation or firefight in the parking lot is unclear,” it continued.

The State reported that police are characterizing the incident as a “drive-by shooting.”

The State said police have not yet provided any information regarding the other victims.

A Facebook post that was shared around the time the shooting took place indicates frustration with the club’s apparent lack of security:

At least one Twitter commenter said a shooting at the Seventh Lounge was “not surprising.”

The Sheriff’s Office Is Asking for the Public’s Help in Finding the Suspects

According to The State, the sheriff’s office is urging anyone with additional information, including video, regarding the shooting suspects to contact Aiken deputies at 803-648-6811.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can also offer information through the Midlands Crime Stoppers via its website or by calling 888-274-6372, the newspaper continued. Investigators are offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information “leading to the arrest of anyone responsible for the crime,” The State said.

The newspaper noted that South Carolina bars are not allowed to serve alcohol after 11 p.m. as part of a larger effort to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

“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 State reported. “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.”

However, a Facebook post on the Seventh Lounge page shows the club was promoting a special event with free admission until 10:30 p.m., “all nite” drink specials, gift giveaways and a special guest DJ.

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