Chief Reynolds: 10 people injured during mass shooting in downtown Charleston Monday
By Bailey Wright (WCIV)
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds said at least 10 people were injured during what officials are calling a mass shooting Monday night in downtown Charleston.
Four of those people are still in critical condition, as of Tuesday afternoon, he said. The youngest victim was 17-years-old.
Two people were arrested for assaulting Charleston County deputies, however, Reynolds said more arrests are expected.
“There will be more arrests. There will be more work. There will be accountability. We need to do more together,” Reynolds said during a press conference on the shooting Tuesday afternoon.
Officers responded to America and South Streets around 11:40 p.m. on Monday initially for a noise complaint from a large party in a vacant lot.
The chief said when the officer responded, their car was shot at twice and bullets entered the cruiser.
“We are lucky we don’t have a dead cop, or dead citizens, or dead community members,” Reynolds said.
Mayor John Tecklenburg said he is angry and fed up with gun violence, especially as it is at the top of everyone’s mind after recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde.
He said “thoughts and prayers” are necessary but not enough. He listed action items on ways to address gun violence. Those items included accountability measures for landlords, a graduated penalty system for offenders of gun laws, and continued enforcement of current laws.
One Charleston police officer who was in the area suffered injuries from shrapnel and has been treated. Two Charleston County Sheriff’s Office deputies were assaulted by members of the crowd- resulting in two arrests.
Tahira McGee, 50, of North Charleston, was charged with second-degree assault and battery and resisting arrest. Ayesha Saleemah McGee, 26, also of North Charleston, was charged with third-degree assault and battery.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was seen on scene Tuesday investigating.
At the press conference, community members voiced their concerns about gun violence in the community.