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2 dead, at least 8 wounded in South Carolina bar shooting

Joe Marusak and David Travis Bland, The Charlotte Observer on

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Two men died and eight people were injured in a shooting at a crowded sports bar near Lancaster, S.C., early Saturday, authorities said. The shooter or shooters have not been found.

"I believe it was one person targeting another," Sheriff Barry Faile said at a news conference Saturday afternoon. "Unfortunately, we had 10 victims that got shot."

Investigators have identified a person of interest, according to the sheriff. "We're doing all we can to locate this person."

Coroner Karla Deese identified the men who were killed as 39-year-old Henry Lee Colvin of Rock Hill and 38-year-old Aaron Harris of Kershaw, S.C.

"This event is very tragic and will affect all involved, for years to come," Deese said. "The sheer magnitude of injury is like none I have seen in my 14 years with the Coroner's Office."

Four victims were flown to hospitals after the shooting at the Old Skool Sports Bar & Grill just north of Lancaster, Faile said in a news release earlier Saturday. He told reporters at the news conference that he did not know their conditions. Four other victims were treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries, according to the sheriff.


Another patron was injured in a fall as people fled the bar after the shooting at 2:45 a.m., Faile said.

"This was a violent incident of huge magnitude that was witnessed by lots of people," Faile said in the release. "Two people are dead, and many more are seriously injured. The shooter or shooters are out there."

Authorities had not named the person of interest by Saturday afternoon.

The shooter had been "having a beef" for a couple of months with one of the men who was fatally shot, Faile said at the news conference. He did not say which one. He also refused to disclose the type of firearm believed to have been involved in the shooting.


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