A 39-year-old North Charleston man showed up at Summerville Medical Center early Tuesday with gunshot wounds to his foot and his abdomen.
He told Berkeley County sheriff’s deputies that he was shot while leaving Club Pluto, marking the latest in a series of violent incidents linked to the Goose Creek nightclub.
Sheriff’s deputies hope to clean up the venue and its surrounding area in Creek Bank Plaza at 1230 Red Bank Road, spokesman Dan Moon said. Moon wouldn’t comment on any specific action the office plans to take.
“There’s been an awful lot of calls that we’ve had to respond to at that Club Pluto. We’d like to find some way to lower the number of calls and cut down on the violence,” Moon said, adding that the Sheriff’s Office will do whatever is in the community’s best interest.
On Jan. 22, three people were hit with bullets and shrapnel about 2 a.m. when a car drove up beside the vehicle they were in and opened fire.
The shooting happened at the intersection of Red Bank and Howe Hall roads. The three wounded people told authorities that they were leaving Club Pluto when the shots were fired.
In early December two motorists exchanged gunfire on Red Bank Road. One of the vehicles wrecked at Henry E. Brown Jr. Boulevard. That man also reported that he was leaving the nightclub. In the club’s latest incident, gunfire erupted as partygoers left the venue at closing time, wounding one, an incident report states.
The wounded man attempted to drive himself to the hospital, but he made it no farther than Ladson Road when he started to feel dizzy, according to the report.
He called friends and asked them to pick him up, deputies said. The man reported that he had no idea who was responsible for the shooting.
Creek Bank Plaza is home to a number of other establishments, including Angie Coers’ alterations and embroidery business.
Coers said her mother opened Lynn’s Imports there almost 20 years ago, but the area’s violence has taken its toll.
“She came to this community and saw great hopes, but that’s fallen to a great decline,” Coers said.
Coers finds herself at her family’s business as late as 10 p.m. on busy days. And when she leaves she hears loud music and sees drunken crowds and women wearing provocative dresses, she said.
Violence naturally follows, Coers said.
“The violence isn’t conducive to a family business. We can’t just leave, so we have to put up with it. As a business owner your responsibility is to the community. Who’s going to clean it up?” Coers said.
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