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Shooters sought in deadly Greenville nightclub attack

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Monday, July 6, 2020

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Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying four persons of interest, in this photo, in the shooting incident at Lavish Lounge. Call CrimeStoppers at 864-233-7463. Persons who call CrimeStoppers will remain anonymous.
 

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Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying four persons of interest, in this photo, in the shooting incident at Lavish Lounge. Call CrimeStoppers at 864-233-7463. Persons who call CrimeStoppers will remain anonymous.

 



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This is a photo of the person of interest in top left corner in above composite. Call CrimeStoppers at 864-233-7463 if anyone has information in the shooting incident.
 

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This is a photo of the person of interest in top left corner in above composite. Call CrimeStoppers at 864-233-7463 if anyone has information in the shooting incident.

 

Two people were killed and eight injured early Sunday morning at a Greenville nightclub that was specifically outlawed by Gov. Henry McMaster’s State of Emergency order prohibiting nightclubs and concerts operating because of COVID-19. The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office have named four persons of interest and provided photos.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office has scheduled a 3 p.m. media conference Wednesday. 

The Greenville County Coroner’s Office identified Clarence Sterling Johnson, 51, of Duncan, and Mykala Bell, 23, of Greenville died in the shooting at the Lavish Lounge, at 1701 White Horse Road. Sterling was a security guard. Bell was a mother of two, according to WYFF.

Johnson and Bell died at the hospital according to the coroner, and two of the eight injured remained hospitalized in stable condition, according to a Prisma Health spokesperson. The victims range in age from 21- to 51-years old. The victims include nine males and one female. 

A reported 200 people crowded into the nightclub, according to Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis, more than the maximum capacity allowed in the business during statewide emergency restrictions.

Lewis said there were multiple shooters and deputies reportedly heard the gunfire as they drove past the nightclub, around 1:45 a.m., and called for emergency help. Deputies, Greenville City Police and Highway Patrol responded.

The shooting spree was apparently gang related, according to police reports.

After reviewing surveillance footage from the shooting, Lewis said investigators believe people involved with the evening’s performer were involved in the shooting but the artist was not associated with the shooting spree. Lewis said investigators are still trying to learn what happened before the shooting began.

A vigil was held Sunday at Lavish Lounge.

Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying four persons of interest in this incident. Investigators have reason to believe that the persons in the photograph may be from the Atlanta area. Anyone who has information on the identity of these individuals is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 864-233-7463. Persons, who call the CrimeStoppers line, will remain anonymous.

 

 

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