Kids run from shootout at South Carolina Minor League game

The non-fatal shooting occurred outside a baseball field in South Carolina on Monday night as several Little League games were underway, forcing children to flee in panic and seek cover as dozens of shots rang out.

The incident in North Charleston is being investigated by police, who have seized weapons from the scene. No injuries were reported.

Video of the incident shows small children running off the field and falling to the ground in the middle of a game when about 50 shots were fired. One kid playing trap freezes when he hears gunshots, then rips off his helmet and starts running. The child who was about to bat looks around in a panic before doing the same.

“Get off the field!” yells one adult. “Get in there! Get in there!” the other pleads.

“Assistant chief Greg Gomez is shocked by the video and horrified by the events that have taken place in our city tonight,” NCPD spokesman Harvey Jacobs said in a statement. “He vehemently condemns this violence and is outraged by those who are responsible for endangering so many innocent lives.”

The suspects have not yet been taken into custody, but the department is “actively investigating this incident to the fullest extent of the law and will do everything in its power to find and arrest those involved in this heinous and reckless act.” We will leave no stone unturned to bring these suspects to justice,” Jacobs said.

According to a police report, officers arrived at the parking lot at the Pepperhill Park baseball fields after hearing rapid gunfire shortly before 9 p.m. at each other” and eventually “started shooting at each other” before fleeing in their cars, the report said.

North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summie, a Republican, said at a news conference Tuesday that he is deeply saddened that gun violence is affecting children.

“When you see kids diving to the ground playing baseball, it’s unacceptable,” he said.

“It broke the hearts of many people — mothers, fathers, children,” he continued, and announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Games in the park were canceled Tuesday and Wednesday while police work with the city’s recreation department to develop a security plan.

South Carolina rocked multiple mass shootings in recent weeks, including two on Easter weekend. Republican Governor Henry McMaster has since swore support a bill that provides for tougher penalties for illegal possession of weapons.

Democratic Senator Dick Harputlian said in a cell earlier this month that he is desperately trying to make amends.

“In the upstate, we had a 12 year old shoot a 12 year old. A 12-year-old shot a 12-year-old – killed him, ”he said, referring to incident last month in Greenville. “Easy access to guns for these young people, basically, and their ability to carry one or feel like they can carry it anywhere is killing us and them.”

President Joe Biden, fed up with Congress’s inability to pass new gun laws, recently announced massive new executive action on firearms. This includes cracking down on “ghost weapons” — firearms bought piecemeal and home-built to evade tracking — and increasing police funding despite progressive opposition to the latter.


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