A group of young men who were at a graduation party where gunshots killed a 19-year-old woman and wounded four others early Saturday morning were standing around at the scene near Moncks Corner on Saturday afternoon trying to figure out what happened.
"I honestly don't know who was shooting or why they were shooting," said Rashad Johnson, a 20-year-old from Moncks Corner who works at Boeing. "It's sad. People can't even have a good time anymore and somebody's got to pull out a gun. They've got to do something about the guns."
It was supposed to be a celebration for those who had just graduated from high school or finished a year in college, according to the young men who were there.
About 1,500 people showed up on Tish Lane, a dirt road in the rural Longridge community west of Moncks Corner. They came from all over, many from out of state, according to witnesses.
Gunshots rang out shortly after midnight. People started running in all directions.
"It was chaotic," Johnson said. "Just duck and hope nothing hits you."
Several people fell into the muddy ditch that runs alongside the road. Others jumped in on purpose to get out of the way.
Johnson lost his car keys in the murky water.
Kwamaine Simmons, 24, spoke quietly, saying he was thankful to be alive.
"My car got messed up," he said. "It was a crazy night."
They recalled people carrying one young woman onto the porch of the house.
Ariel Elaine Morgan, 19, of Moncks Corner, died at Medical University Hospital at 2:45 a.m., Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury said.
Friends said she just graduated from Stratford High School.
She was working as a clerk at Rack Room Shoes, according to Scott's Mortuary, which is handling funeral arrangements.
Four other people were taken to hospitals for treatment. Information on their conditions was not available Saturday.
"It was just a little something for the graduates and people coming home from college," Johnson said. "Why did somebody have to mess it up?"
Anyone who was at the party or has any information on the shootings is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 843-761-4412 or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.
Dave Munday at 937-5553.
A group of young men who were at the party were standing around Satruday afternoon trying to figure out what happened.×
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