Curtis Lamont Bomar, a 21-year-old from Spartanburg, died on the scene and Jabbrie Brandon, a 17-year-old from Union County, died at a hospital after the shooting that took place on May 23 night, reported the Associated Press. Some of the five people injured were bystanders.
The party, held at three separate homes, had about 1,000 people in attendance, officials said. Deputies from the Union County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene after receiving complaints about noise levels and parked cars on public roads.
Deputies began towing some illegally parked vehicles about three hours after arriving on the scene, which was followed by someone yelling and then gunfire, reported AP. Witnesses said that as soon as the shooting began, partygoers started running away along the rural road and several people were trampled.
“You had the people that were hit and had gunshot wounds. We were trying to get to them and get EMS in there to help them, so very chaotic,” said Major Scott Coffer from the sheriff’s office.
Two people were arrested for a lesser offense in connection to the crime but they could be charged with attempted murder and homicide, Coffer said.
Investigators at the crime also found more than one firearm, meaning there may be more arrests later.
When asked why the party wasn’t broken up upon the deputies’ arrival at the scene, Taylor said the party wasn’t illegal.
From NTD News