NATIONAL NEWS

Dozens of shots fired near youth game at South Carolina baseball field

Apr 27, 2022, 5:55 AM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 3:16 pm

(CNN) — North Charleston, South Carolina, officials are offering a $10,000 reward after dozens of shots were fired in the parking lot of a city baseball field during a youth game Monday evening.

Video shot by a player’s parent shows the children looking around in confusion as the first volley of shots is heard. Players and coaches dropped to the ground for safety, and parents could be heard calling for their children. No one was hurt in the shooting.

Mayor Keith Summey said his office is offering the reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooters.

“I am offering a $10,000 reward not for the conviction, but for the arrest of the individuals that were here in this parking lot, fighting and shooting each other while children were out here playing ball,” Summey said. “We will not tolerate it.”

An officer in the area arrived in less than a minute after hearing the shots fired, but the suspects had already left the scene, North Charleston Police Assistant Chief Greg Gomes said at a Tuesday news conference.

Police found one firearm at the scene and two others that “were discarded in proximity of the park. Probably by individuals that were involved,” Gomes said.

Shell casings were also recovered in the parking lot and some of the vehicles in the lot were hit by gunfire.

Police are testing the weapons to see if they were used in the shooting.

Lori and Blake Ferguson said their son was pitching when the shooting started. Blake Ferguson posted the video of the incident on Facebook.

“And then all of a sudden, boom, boom, and ‘Get down, everybody, get down!’ And you’re at a park. My kids are not with me directly and you just see everybody scattering,” Lori Ferguson told CNN affiliate WCSC. “And my son’s on the pitcher mound by himself and it was just the most traumatic thing as a mother, as a citizen of this city, that you just feel helpless. I felt completely helpless.”

The shooting had nothing to do with the baseball game or a practice that was happening in the park, according to the mayor.

“The people that were out here shooting at each other weren’t here to watch a ball game,” Summey said. “They came to a secluded area to carry out a fight that started somewhere else and ended up shooting at each other.”

He said the city would increase its police presence in the community and increase enforcement in an effort to get guns off the street.

Officials said police officers would be stationed at baseball fields when activities are being held.

North Charleston police are also investigating another shooting that occurred early Tuesday morning about a half-mile away from the park but said they do not know if the two incidents are related. No one was injured in that shooting.


The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2022 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

National News

People attend a candlelight vigil in memory of Tyre Nichols at the Tobey Skate Park on January 26, ...
Adrian Sainz

7th Memphis officer disciplined, EMTs fired in Nichols death

Memphis police say two more officers involved in the arrest, beating and death of Tyre Nichols have been disciplined.
10 hours ago
R&B singer R. Kelly (L) arrives at the Cook County courthouse where jury selection is scheduled to ...
Claire Savage and Michael Tarm, Associated Press

Chicago prosecutor dropping R. Kelly sex-abuse charges

A Chicago prosecutor said Monday that she's dropping sex-abuse charges against singer R. Kelly following federal convictions in two courts that should guarantee the disgraced R&B star will be locked up for decades.
1 day ago
The booking photo for Jami Farmer. (Lincoln County Sheriff’ Office)...
Michael Houck

Nevada attempted murder suspect arrested in Washington County

An attempted murder suspect from Nevada is in police custody after being found at a Utah gas station Monday.
1 day ago
Amy Robach and TJ Holmes attend the 2022 ABC Disney Upfront at Basketball City - Pier 36 - South St...
Associated Press

TV anchors T.J. Holmes, Amy Robach leave ABC amid romance

T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach, anchors at the afternoon extension of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” are leaving the network.
1 day ago
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 07:  A general view of the skyline of downtown Dallas, Texas as the American Airl...
KELSY MITTAUER

Arrest made in sex trafficking of teen girl who disappeared at Mavs game

Nine months after a Texas girl was sex trafficked after disappearing from a Mavericks game, an arrest has been made.
1 day ago
Lisa Loring...
Toyin Owoseje and Amanda Watts, CNN

Lisa Loring, original Wednesday Addams actress, dead at 64

Lisa Loring, best known as the first actress to play Wednesday Addams in the original "The Addams Family" sitcom, has died at the age of 64.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t Let a Ransomware Attack Get You Down | Protect Your Workplace Today with Cyber Insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Dozens of shots fired near youth game at South Carolina baseball field