Dorchester County deputies looking for leads after bystander killed in club gunfire

Keishae Ross

If anybody saw who was behind the gunfire that killed a woman at a Harleyville nightclub early Sunday, they’re not saying, according to the incident report.

Keishae Lanette Ross, 27, of Froman Lane in Summerville was fatally shot outside Club Exclusive at 111 Benjamin Drive.

Ross was part of a crowd that fled outside when a fight escalated into shooting, according to the report from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office. A witness told deputies she was running outside behind Ross when she saw her fall to the ground.

Ross died in the parking lot at 3 a.m., according to Dorchester County Chris Nisbet. He called her an innocent bystander.

Witnesses told deputies there was a fight inside the club and they heard shots but didn’t see anything that might help identify who was shooting, according to the report.

Investigators found shell casings outside the club near the front door. The report didn’t say how many or what kind.

There has been no indication that anybody else was hit.

Two club patrons also told a reporter Sunday night that they were afraid to say anything for fear of retaliation.

Ross was a CVS pharmacy technician and was set to graduate from ITT Tech in December with an information technology degree, according to her family. They said she went to the club with her brother and sister while her aunt watched her 7-year-old daughter.

Nightclubs have been a significant part of violence in the Lowcountry in recent years, and many of the episodes have proven fatal. Deaths at clubs make up about 5 percent of the total slayings in the tri-county area since 2001, according to The Post and Courier’s homicide database.

Of 730 homicides as of May 2015, 36 were attributed to violence at nightclubs.

A 32-year-old woman celebrating a friend’s birthday was fatally shot through a wall when somebody starting shooting outside a bar near Summerville. April Infinger was killed Dec. 8, 2013, inside the Moonshine Saloon on Myers Road. She was married and had a 13-year-old daughter. Shearon Lamar Bennett, 33, was charged with murder and remains in the Berkeley County jail.

Several other bystanders have been shot in clubs around the Lowcountry and survived.

May 31: Two people were wounded at Crawdaddy’s on Trolley Road in Summerville after a man got into a fight and started shooting when patrons tried to usher him outside, according to Summerville police. Lamont Robert Coardes, 24, of Summerville was charged with three counts of attempted murder.

March 21: It’s not clear who was the intended target and who simply got in the way after four people were wounded by gunfire around 2 a.m. at Club Camouflage at 7550 Dorchester Road. Witnesses told North Charleston police that a fight broke out between two men, security tried to break it up, and a man pulled out a pistol and fired off several rounds as he ran out of the club.

Feb. 21: Two bystanders were wounded when a North Charleston man with a history of gun arrests decided to settle a simmering feud in a crowded nightclub. Investigators said Stanley Greene, 30, of Crestline Drive, started shooting at Omar Hamilton inside the club, then continued firing outside as people fled the scene. Hamilton and his twin brother, Jamar, were both shot in the stomach at close range. Two bystanders were also shot and wounded as the crowd fled.

Melissa Boughton and Andrew Knapp contributed to this story. Reach Dave Munday at (843) 937-5553.