More than a dozen people were shot during a concert in North Charleston, South Carolina, including a 14-year-old girl who was killed, police said Sunday.
Multiple shooters were believed to have fired shots after a fight broke out at an unauthorized concert in a neighborhood late Saturday, said North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess during a news conference Sunday. The suspects have not been identified and a motive is not known, he said.
“It’s a sad day that we have to be here today to talk about another death of another young person,” Burgess said.
Officers were called to the scene around 10:30 p.m. Saturday and found some of the people wounded by gunfire, North Charleston Police Deputy Chief Scott Deckard said. Other victims had been driven to hospitals by others.
A 14-year-old girl died from her injures, Deckard told NBC News. She has not been identified, but Burgess said he knows the family of the victim and had just talked with them.
“Something happened here that should have never happened. They should have never been set up in the first place here,” Burgess said, referring to the unauthorized concert, which was illegal on several grounds, including the sale of alcohol on private property.
“We, law enforcement, had no clue about this,” he said. “If we would have, we probably would have been able to save lives.”
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North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey told the Post and Courier that he was angry that no one contacted the city about the party.
“Quite honestly, I think whoever put it on, if they were charging and making money and serving alcohol, then they need to go to jail,” he said.
Police said they know the identity of the person who hosted the party, but did not release it.
Photographs released at the news conference showed a destroyed party, with abandoned food booths, turned-over tables and coolers, and trash and alcohol scattered by and on the stage.
Contributing: The Associated Press.