Authorities said an fight at a nightclub early on New Year's Day prompted an occupant of one vehicle to shoot another driver traveling on Interstate 26.

About 3 a.m. Sunday, officers from the North Charleston Police Department were called to the parking lot of a hotel on Tanger Outlet Drive. There, they found the driver of a vehicle, Josh Everett of Charleston, with a bullet wound that was not life-threatening.

According to police spokesman Spencer Pryor, Everett and the three others later found in his vehicle were celebrating the new year at Club Crucial on Ashley Phosphate Road, where there was "some type of altercation."

"All of the victims state that they were not involved in the altercation, but they knew there was something going on because they were being told to leave," Pryor said in a statement. " The bouncers at the club stated that they did put a lot of people out of the club due to a fight."

Everett and his three passengers were going home to downtown Charleston when a vehicle pulled beside them on eastbound I-26. An occupant from that vehicle started shooting, Pryor said.

Everett exited the interstate and parked his car outside the hotel. He was transported to Medical University of South Carolina and was later released.

The police said none of the four could provide any details about the vehicle from which the shots were fired.

Investigators closed portions of eastbound I-26 while searching for evidence early Sunday.