Anderson County deputies said they are investigating a shooting at an apartment complex that injured three people early Monday morning.
The shooting happened at the Palmetto Village Apartments, formerly known as Edgewood Square, on Cherry Street near Pendleton.
"I was making coffee and I heard gunshots, probably about four in a row," said nearby neighbor Frankie Whitfield. "Then about 10 minutes later I heard all kinds of sirens."
Lt. Christopher Vaughn said the shooting started outside an apartment in the breezeway area. Multiple shots were fired and three people suffered gunshot wounds. The victims were taken to the hospital. Their conditions are not known.
A large crowd gathered at the scene and Vaughn said fights broke out between some of the witnesses.
“It was actually a pretty chaotic scene,” Vaughn said. “We ended up having to have all out available units respond to try to have a crowd control.”
Investigators don’t yet know the motive behind the shooting.
Deputies ask anyone with information to come forward.
“If anybody sees anything, if they know anything, please call the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and let us know what they know so we can try to piece everything together and get this solved as soon as possible,” Vaughn said.
Deputies said two suspects had fled the scene after the shooting.
A mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, said her son lives in the apartment complex. She said she's worried sick every time she hears the stories about police responding to a scene.
"It's dangerous for children," she said. "My grandchildren are not even allowed to visit there because it's so dangerous. Several people have told me they have bullet holes in their apartments."
The concerned mother said she heard about the shooting, she was desperately trying to reach her son and his neighbors, hoping he wasn't one of the victims.
"I saw the apartment that was taped off was my son's apartment building and that's what had me in a panic," she said.
Eventually, she said she did get in touch with him and he is okay.
Sheriff McBride confirmed that two people had been arrested, but a spokesperson for his office later said that the two arrests were not related to the shooting."There is no current information on a possible motive or suspects in this incident," Detective Nikki Carson said in an e-mail.Carson said anyone with information should call Det. Kenny Pigman with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office at 864-260-4400.
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