UNION COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina): The Union County Sheriff's Office says two people are dead, including a teen, after gunfire erupted at a block party with about 1,000 people attending just outside of Jonesville late Saturday night.
FOX Carolina received multiple tips about the scene along Dover Road and Bobby Faucette Road, just outside of Jonesville. Sheriff David Taylor confirmed those details to us just before midnight.
We later got more details from UCSO and the coroner's office. UCSO Maj. Scott Coffer says the block party on Dover Road first garnered a complaint earlier in the night because of cars in the roadway, closer to 8 p.m.. Deputies had to clear cars, but gunshots erupted later, around 10:30 p.m. The first officer arrived within nine minutes.
A total of seven people were shot: two passed away and the remaining five were injured. All victims were transported to multiple hospitals for treatment in Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties.
Coroner William Holcombe later identified the two victims as Jabbrie Brandon, 17, of Union and 21-year-old Curtis Lamont Bomar of Spartanburg.
Holcombe said Brandon passed away at Union Medical Center, while Bomar was pronounced deceased on scene. Their autopsies are scheduled at Newberry Pathology Group.
We're told while a few suspects were detained on scene, only two people were arrested and neither was charged with the shooting. One person was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge while the other was arrested on a probation violation.
Deputies say witnesses say someone started shooting at the party from a car while driving down the road, and that people at the party exchanged gunfire. Coffer also notes dispatch advised attendees calling in to hide in the woods and under cars to avoid gunfire, and that deputies had to use a drone to ensure nobody was hiding or wounded further from the scene. We also learned deputies were still on scene trying to tow vehicles for blocking the road, and had to dodge bullets and take cover while rendering aid to victims.
We learned multiple law enforcement agencies helped in handling the scene. Cherokee County dispatch confirmed they were called to aid, and Coffer said Union city police and SCHP were called as well to aid.
SLED has confirmed they are aiding local law enforcement. Coffer says the size of the scene demanded their help.
He also says the block parties aren't unheard of and usually happen in the summer after the school year is over.
The following Wednesday, we sat down with Sheriff David Taylor, who not only gave us access to body cam footage of the chaotic scene, but also discussed more details.
This was an active shooter scene," he told us. "We do know that there were multiple shooters."
Taylor told us he would consider this a mass shooting considering the two deaths and seven wounded. He also said UCSO has had several people in and out of the office talking with them, trying to get an idea of what exactly happened and led up to the shooting.
However, there's one major roadblock: the sheriff says there are many more who are not coming forward with information. Further, because there was so much chaos, Taylor says victims can't give lots of information on where shots came from. UCSO also doesn't know why shots rang out in the first place or who is responsible.
Expect more updates on this story.