A chilling scene unfolded on Monday evening when multiple nearby gunshots went off during a Dixie Youth league baseball game.
ABC News 4 provided a video showing children and spectators covering for safety at Pepperhill Park in North Charleston. According to Joseph Erickson, local police said nobody was injured during the incident, which took place at around 8:45 p.m.
"It destroyed the hearts of a lot of people: mothers, fathers, children out here participating in sports within our city," Mayor Keith Summey said during a press conference on Tuesday. "We will not tolerate this behavior, and we will not allow this behavior to carry forward."
Per Erickson, another round of gunfire occurred in the area hours later. Summey has offered a $10,000 reward for any information related to the shootings.
On Sunday, 16-year-old Kay’sean Jones and 19-year-old Elijah Jefferson were killed in another shooting, leading community members to express outrage over gun violence in the city. There have already been 11 homicides in North Charleston this year, up from six in 2021.
As a result, one of the Dixie Youth team's coaches petitioned to prohibit the city from hosting any more recreational games at Pepperhill Park.