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Car clubs are peaceful, president says after shooting

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One of the entrances to Westgate Mall in Spartanburg. (April 16, 2012/FOX Carolina) One of the entrances to Westgate Mall in Spartanburg. (April 16, 2012/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The president of a Spartanburg car club said he wants everyone to know that the organizations are not about violence, after a member of his club was shot at a meeting Saturday night.

Antwone Terrance, president of Stackz On Deck Car Club, said the meeting in the parking lot of Westgate Mall was supposed to be an introduction party for the club. However, he said the celebration ended when 29-year-old Neal Gray was shot.

"I was sitting inside when I heard the gunshots," Terrance said.

Terrance said Gray was trying to diffuse a tense situation after a fight. He said that was when the gunman confronted Gray.

"The guy got an attitude with him, and (Gray) asked him, 'What's going on?'" Terrance said. "The guy pulled out a gun and shot him for no reason."

Terrance said Gray was shot three time - once in the stomach and twice in the chest - by a man who was not a member of his club or any other club at the gathering. He said the gunman had no business being there.

"He's extremely lucky (to be alive)," Terrance said. "All the people that were around him are extremely lucky, because there was a crowd."

Terrance said that despite the shooting, he wants everyone to know that car clubs are about peace and giving back to the community.

"We are not about drama," Terrance said. "We do a lot of youth stuff, (and) a lot of stuff with the neighborhoods."

Terrance said his club will hold a car wash at Tint Works on W.O. Ezell Boulevard on Saturday to raise money for Gray.

Spartanburg police said anyone who has information about the shooting should call Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372).

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