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Deputies say double shooting at birthday party was gang-related

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RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

Richland County Sheriff's deputies say a double shooting outside a birthday party April 5th was related to gang activity.

Deputy Curtis Wilson says officers were called to the Next in Line Event Hall at 6108 Two Notch Road at about 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 5th,  for a shooting.

Wilson said the hall had been rented for a birthday party. An argument in the parking lot led to gunshots, according to Wilson.

Two people were driven to the emergency room with gunshot wounds, according to Wilson, a 20-year-old male and a 17-year-old female. The male was in critical condition. The teen's injuries were not life-threatening.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said there was a large teen party being held at the location  when a large brawl broke out inside the club and spilled over into the parking lot.  The Sheriff added that several people started shooting.

Lott said investigators have determined that everyone involved, including the victims, were directly involved in the incident, and the incident was clearly between two rival gangs.     

The Sheriff's Department's Gang Unit has been assigned to identify the people responsible and arrest them.

Lott said this incident is the result of Gang members having a "wild west mentality" that he will not tolerate.  Lott said he will not stand for gangs, their behavior or any illegal activity.

The incident remains under investigation.

If you know anything that can help investigators, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.

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