Shooting leaves one dead, two hurt | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 8, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 8, 2017 at 10:02 am
It was near closing time the morning of Nov. 5 when shots rang out at the Classic’s Night Club at 2444 Robertson Blvd. — gunfire that claimed one life and injured two other nightclub patrons.
Lt. Tyger Benton, public information officer for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, said the office’s investigators are still working the case and had no new information to release.
Events unfolded as a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office deputy was headed to the nightclub to monitor the closing when he heard multiple shots. Pulling into the parking lot, the deputy found two injured men down near the front door of the club. He was quickly joined by other sheriff’s office deputies and members of the Walterboro Police Department, as numerous calls about the shooting came into the county’s emergency dispatch center.
Friends of one of the injured men placed him in a private vehicle and rushed him to Colleton Medical Center.
A Colleton County Fire-Rescue ambulance crew arrived to find a nursing assistant working to control the bleeding and provide first aid to the second shooting victim.
The man, shot in the chest, was placed in the ambulance and transported to Colleton Medical Center’s Emergency Department while additional paramedics and the nursing assistant continued to work on him in the ambulance. Colleton Fire-Rescue Chief Barry McRoy said the nursing assistant was “a great asset at the scene.”
While enroute to Colleton Medical Center, the man went into cardiac arrest and did not survive.
Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey said John Brown, 26, of Rivers Street in Walterboro was pronounced dead at the Colleton Medical Center’s Emergency Department from two gunshot wounds to the chest.
The other man, who was found lying near Brown and transported to the medical center in the private vehicle, was also shot in the chest and sustained life-threatening injuries.
Heavy fog grounded the medical emergency helicopter, so the second man was transported to the trauma unit at the Medical Center of South Carolina in Charleston by private ambulance.
A third gunshot victim was also brought to the medical center in a private vehicle with injuries to his legs. He was transferred to the trauma center at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston.
Another shooting incident about three hours later could turn out to be tied to the Classic’s shootings.
Members of the Walterboro Police Department were dispatched to the area of Lockhart and Henderson streets on Sunday at 4:24 a.m. when reports of gunfire came into the dispatch center.
The gunfire was also heard by members of the sheriff’s office, who were several streets away, working on their investigation into the homicide on Robertson Boulevard. They reportedly heard between 15 and 20 shots.
While searching the area for evidence, a police department officer was told that a home in the 300 block of Lockhart Street was struck by gunfire. The female resident said that she was asleep when she was awakened by multiple gunshots.
A second possible target of the gunfire told police he was outside the home — eating and talking on the telephone while sitting on a vehicle parked in the front yard — when a vehicle sped by and the occupants opened fire. He took cover behind a tree in the yard.
He sustained a slight injury to his left arm, but was unsure if he was hurt in a fall or by something else.
He also said he was unsure if the gunmen were targeting the house or him, adding that he had been at Classic’s Night Club when the earlier shooting occurred.
The front window of the home was struck by two rounds that entered the living room and lodged in an interior wall. Bullets also hit a tree, a mailbox and motor vehicle.
Officers found multiple spent 9 mm shell casings and one 7.62 mm shell casing on the pavement of Henderson Street.
Shortly after 7 a.m., city police were back on Henderson Street. A resident in the 200 block of Henderson Street said the home was struck by bullets fired during the Lockhart Street shooting.
A bullet entered the home through the front door, went through two bedrooms and exited the master bedroom about one foot above the bed.