Two people were shot and killed at a massive South Carolina block party that drew up to 1,000 people despite ongoing warnings against large gatherings, authorities said.
Revelers at the end-of-the-school year celebration on Dover Road in Union County “opened fire” on one another late Saturday, according to the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies discovered the huge get-together after finding up to 300 cars parked along nearby highways, The State reported.
They then found a male shot lying on the side of the road and a second man shot inside a nearby residence, Union County Sheriff officials said.
The victims were identified as Jabbrie Brandon, of Union, and Lamont Bomar, 21, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, ABC News reported.
Five other people were also shot and are expected to survive, Union County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Scott Coffer told ABC News.
Two suspects, Shaquille Obryant Barber and Darnell Deandre Beacham, aka “Dough Fat” or “Fat,” were taken into custody, according to The State.
But it’s unclear if they were involved in the deadly shootings, Coffer told ABC News.
“Those two are actually being interviewed by detectives now,” Coffer said.
Deputies were powerless to enforce the state’s voluntary stay-at-home order since the party was held on private property, Coffer said.
“We’ve run into that before when this first started in March with the COVID-19,” he said. “We can’t tell people who can be at their house and who can’t.”
A motive for the shooting is unclear and additional arrests are possible, The State reported.
Meanwhile, in Florida, six people were hurt Saturday during a shooting at a huge Memorial Day weekend party in Daytona Beach. Two people were shot, while four others were hit by shrapnel, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The victims, who are expected to survive, are not cooperating with investigators. Police have not made any arrests, the newspaper reported.
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