The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is seeking additional information about a shooting incident this weekend at the VFW building located on Old Whitmire Highway just outside of Newberry.
Deputies say that around 2 a.m. Saturday, they responded to a shots fired call at the VFW building.
The shooters had already fled the scene when law enforcement arrived on scene.
Deputies were able to locate several vehicles that had been shot during the incident.
Investigators say that a short time later, three people arrived at Newberry Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds.
One of the men was shot in the calf, one was shot in the arm, and one shot in the back. All three were treated and released from the hospital and none of the injuries are life threatening.
Law enforcement has declined to identify the victims at this time citing the integrity of the investigation.
Investigators are seeking information on the identities of the shooters.
They believe that there is more than one shooter because more than one caliber of weapon was fired during the incident. In addition, they are attempting to determine if this shooting is related to other shootings that have occurred in and around the Newberry area.
“We simply cannot and will not allow random shooting and violence to occur in our community,” said Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster. “We are asking the community to join forces with us to arrest those responsible for this incident and to continue to make Newberry County the safest place in South Carolina.”
Foster that these investigations are often hampered because these are unregulated parties and those who have them seek the money of the event with no supervision and then refuse to cooperate with something goes wrong.
Foster said as part of their get tough attack on these type shooting incidents, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office will when applicable turn over weapons violations to the federal authorities.
A substantial reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this crime.
“These type incidents are very serious and we are extremely fortunate someone has not been killed,” said Foster. “We are going to hold not only the shooters responsible, but also those who create an environment where such activity is allowed and then covered up. We have worked too hard in Newberry County to establish a safe community and a spirit of cooperation to allow a few to tear that away. If you chose to participate in this activity or cover it up then expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Foster said that the sheriff’s office will pursue both criminal action and civil liability against those who chose to host and operate these unregulated parties.