14 shot with 1 dead in shooting at SC nightclub

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Police say two gunmen shot 14 people and killed one in a drive-by-shooting outside a nightclub in Aiken, South Carolina early Saturday morning.

Witnesses told deputies that three people drove up to the club in a light-colored Chevy Tahoe and opened fire with what appeared to be a handgun and a rifle, the sheriff’s office said.

The shooting occurred at the 7th Lounge at 1695 Richland Ave East shortly before 12:47 a.m., according to a statement by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. When deputies arrived, they assisted those who were wounded. Paramedics later pronounced one person dead at the scene.

The Aiken County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 30-year-old Craig Youmans of North Augusta. A shooter struck Youmans in the body with at least one bullet, Coroner Darryl Ables said.

Gov. Henry McMaster signed an executive order that Bars in South Carolina must stop alcohol sales after 11 p.m. The restriction is meant to curb large gatherings and help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Investigators say they’ve in the preliminary stages of an investigation with no real leads or motive for the shooting.

The sheriff’s office is asking for help from the public to find the shooters.

Police said if anyone has any video or information on the shooting suspects to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at 803-648-6811. Information can also be provided anonymously through Midlands Crime Stoppers by visiting its site or calling 888-274-6372. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible for the crime.