Ten people were injured and three law enforcement officials were hurt after gunfire broke out at a Memorial Day party in Charleston, SC late Monday night.
Doorbell camera footage posted to Greenville (SC) TV station WYFF’s website shows the chaos as it unfolded.
A pregnant woman, a 17-year-old girl and a Charleston police officer were among the people hospitalized after the shooting in the city’s East Side neighborhood.
Police indicated the pregnant woman did not lose her baby.
Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds said a police officer came under fire after responding to a noise complaint around 11:40 p.m. on South Street, where Monday’s party began at a private residence before a crowd of 100 or more people eventually spilled into a vacant lot and the street.
Someone shot twice into the arriving police car, authorities said, and the two bullets struck the officer’s police cruiser as he took cover and called for backup. The officer was not shot, but he suffered minor injuries from shattered glass. At least one bullet was found lodged in the headrest of the squad car, police said.
“Let me tell you something,” Reynolds said, “as we stand here right now, we’re lucky we don’t have a dead cop or dead citizens or dead community members.
“Thankfully, we’re counting our blessings that no one in this incident was killed,” Charleston mayor John Tecklenburg told reporters. He referenced the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and the racist-motivated mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, as he called for action to combat gun violence.
He said there have been 230 mass shootings in America so far this year, according to one database.
“Think about that, y’all,” Tecklenburg continued. “Every 16 hours in America there’s a mass shooting. I don’t know about you, but I’m angry about it. I’m mad about it. I’m fed up. I concur with many of our citizens here, and across the country, that enough is enough.”
It was one of at least a dozen mass shootings that occurred across the country over the Memorial Day weekend, according to reporting by The Washington Post.