BLACKSTOCK — The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate an incident at a nightclub in Blackstock last weekend that left three people with gunshot wounds.
The shooting occurred around 3 a.m. Sunday at Club Dynasty, 12827 U.S. 321 North, after a club patron from Chester got into an altercation with an unidentified man while dancing with his girlfriend, officials said.
According to the incident report, Cedric Evans, 26, was dancing with his girlfriend, 31-year-old Elizabeth McCrorey of Chester, when Evans and another man began arguing. McCrorey told police she heard gunshots when Evans stepped toward the man.
Evans, who was shot three times in his right leg, told police he did not recognize the shooters, but later saw three men running from the club yelling “We got them, we got them, we got them.”
Perry Simpson, 25, of Chester, was shot in the hand when he attempted to flee the area.
A third victim, Wandell Prichard, 48, of Blackstock, told Fairfield County investigators that he was inside the club when the shooting started and was shot in the leg while making his way to an exit. Prichard told police he did not know who did the shooting or where the shots came from.
The investigation has been a joint effort between the FCSO, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. So far, no arrests have been made but a spokesman for the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office said witnesses are cooperating with investigators. None of the injuries was deemed life-threatening.
According to police reports:
The crowd at the club, which is about two miles from the Chester County-Fairfield County line, consisted mostly of people from Chester County.
Sheriff deputies were dispatched to the area after the club closed and after arriving, positioned themselves in the parking area. Shots were fired inside the club and patrons began running from the club.
A club security guard told officers he saw people behind the club open a car trunk, pull something out and cock it.
More shots were fired from a vehicle that was traveling toward the club on U.S. 321 North toward Chester County. Chester County officers stopped a vehicle matching the description of that vehicle after the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office issued a notice to surrounding counties. According to the FCSO, the passengers are not connected to the shooting.
A 9mm handgun was found in the vehicle and has been submitted to SLED for a ballistics test.
Investigators have not identified the weapon used in the shooting, but believe it was a small caliber handgun. The final determination will come when the ballistics report is completed.
Capt. Brad Douglas with the FCSO said investigators have not been able to positively identify a shooter because the incident involves subjects mostly from Chester County.
“It’s folks we don’t normally have interaction with so we’re working with Chester County to develop some more information,” he said. “Everyone is cooperating but no one has been able to positively identify a shooter at this point. So we’re doing some backtracking with Chester County and trying to get more information.”
The FCSO does not believe anyone at the club returned fire and deputies did not have to fire their weapons at the scene.
“Our officers did not return any fire,” Douglas said. “It would of been too dangerous for them to shoot into a crowd of people. They showed good restraint.”
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office at 803-635-4141.