NC man identified as suspect in deadly nightclub shooting in Orangeburg County

NC man identified as suspect in deadly nightclub shooting in Orangeburg County
Nazdric Gates (Source: OCSO)
Nazdric Gates (Source: OCSO)

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Orangeburg County Deputies have identified a North Carolina man wanted for a deadly shooting outside a nightclub last weekend.

An arrest warrant for murder was issued for Nazdric Gates, 30, of Mt. Airy, NC. Warrants on other charges include three counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon.

Deputies say someone fired shots into the Pit Stop Pub early Saturday morning killing Christavious Darby, 22, and injuring several others.

According to Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell, the shooting occurred shortly after 4 a.m. after a fight at the Pit Stop Pub on Bamberg Highway.

Staff at an Orangeburg-area hospital notified deputies around 4:15 a.m. that several people had arrived there to be treated for gunshot wounds.

Investigators say they were led to the Pit Stop Pub about two miles south of Orangeburg, where they found Darby on the ground in the parking lot, according to the Times and Democrat. Darby died at the scene.

Witnesses reported Gates had been in an earlier fight and drove off firing random shots into a crowd outside of the club. Deputies say Darby was not believed to have been part of the earlier argument involving Gates.

Three additional people were reported with injuries, but they not believed to be life threatening, according to OCSO officials.

Gates is described as a black male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing around 185 pounds. He was said to have short dreadlocks on the night of the shooting. A composite sketch of Gates is attached to this story, along with a previous booking photo of Gates from 2013.

"Mr. Gates was identified through an exhaustive and non-stop investigation that was begun shortly after the fatal and tragic shooting," the sheriff said. "We're asking anyone with information on Gates' whereabouts to contact us immediately. He is to be considered armed and dangerous."

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the OCSO at (803) 534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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