Gunfire at 2 Berkeley County nightclubs leaves 5 wounded
Two more nightclub shootings over the weekend left five people wounded.
The violence at the clubs near Goose Creek came two weeks after a 23-year-old woman celebrating her birthday was caught in the crossfire at a nightclub near St. George.
The latest incident occurred at about 2 a.m. Sunday outside the Nowhere Bar and Grill Lounge at 7128 N. Rhett Ave., Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dan Moon said.
Three people were shot in the parking lot and taken to hospitals. Witnesses told police the gunmen took off in a black vehicle, Moon said.
The first incident occurred at about 1 a.m. Saturday when an argument broke out inside Club Pluto on Red Bank Road, which has been the scene of several other recent shootings.
A fight spilled out into the parking lot, Moon said. A vehicle drove off, followed by a black Chevrolet Impala. The first vehicle made it to the intersection of Red Bank and Harborview Road when someone in the Impala opened fire, injuring two people inside the first car, Moon said.
None of the five injuries was believed to be life-threatening, Moon said.
It’s possible the shootings were related, given the proximity of the clubs — they are about 1 mile apart — and that the suspect vehicle is black in both cases, but that theory had not been established Sunday, Moon said.
A black car that initially was believed could be linked to the shootings was reported in a neighborhood off Liberty Hall Road Sunday afternoon. Several Berkeley County deputies were sent to talk to a possible suspect, but it was determined that the car was not involved, Moon said.
Club violence has caught innocent bystanders in the crossfire. On July 14, a hail of gunfire outside the Starlite Lounge near St. George took the life of Sierra Denise Truesdale, a Trident Technical College student celebrating her 23rd birthday. Investigators said at least 17 shots were exchanged in a shootout between two rival gangs, and Truesdale was hit by accident. Two men were wounded.
In a separate incident on the same day, a man was critically wounded by gunfire at a nightclub with no name at Campbell Thickett Road and Wishbone Road in the Ridgeville area.
Several shootings have been reported at Club Pluto. The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office has identified it as a trouble spot that deputies would like to clean up.
“There’s been an awful lot of calls that we’ve had to respond to at that Club Pluto,” Moon said after a previous shooting in May. “We’d like to find some way to lower the number of calls and cut down on the violence,” he said.
A 39-year-old North Charleston man who showed up at Summerville Medical Center on May 14 with gunshot wounds to his foot and his abdomen told deputies that he was shot while leaving Club Pluto.
On Jan. 22, three people who were hit with bullets and shrapnel from a car at Red Bank and Howe Hall roads told deputies they were leaving Club Pluto when the shots were fired.
In early December 2012, a man who exchanged gunfire with another driver on Red Bank Road and then wrecked also told deputies he was leaving the nightclub.
Other local nightclubs also have had their share of gunfire.
A man was critically wounded outside the Game Room on Ladson Road about 3 a.m. June 12. A car in the parking lot was riddled with bullets.
A man fired into Game Room from its doorway on Dec. 20.
In Colleton County, at the Chase Lounge just outside Walterboro, a man was critically wounded by gunfire on Feb. 12, the second shooting at the club this year. Two people were shot Jan. 30, and a man was shot to death at the club on Sept. 6, 2012.
Andy Paras contributed to this story, which also relied on previous staff reports. Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553 or twitter.com/dmunday.