Ten people were shot dead early Sunday in a nightclub in Greenville, South Carolina, in an outbreak of alleged gang violence that killed two and seriously injured two, police said.
Police believe that more than one gunman fled the chaotic scene at the Lavish Lounge Club before MPs arrived. A very large crowd had packed into the house for "some kind of concert on July 4th," Sheriff Hobart Lewis of Greenville County said at an early morning press conference.
Two sheriff MPs came past the club just before 2 a.m. and heard gunshots and saw an uproar in about 200 people, Lewis said.
They called for assistance and emergency services and went to the club to evacuate people and see if it was still active shooting, but apparently the shooter or shooters fled, Lewis said.
Officials identified the dead as Mykala Bell (23) from Greenville and Clarence Johnson (51) from Duncan. The Greenville News reported that Johnson was a security guard at the club.
As of Sunday afternoon, there was no detailed information about the wounded or suspects of officials in Greenville. But Lewis told reporters that the police were looking for "known gang members" and that the incident "was probably related to the gang".
There is no active threat to the public, the police said.
Some of the wounded were brought to Greenville Memorial Hospital by local people, others in ambulances, Lewis said.
The Greenville News reported that shooting had started in a club next to the Lavish Lounge early Saturday morning. Police are investigating a possible connection, the newspaper said.
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