Disturbing video shows children, parents ducking for cover as bullets fly at a youth baseball game – and police say shootings had “nothing to do with the game”.

Police are on the hunt for several suspects involved in a “heinous and reckless” shooting at a South Carolina park Monday night that left dozens of young children and their parents running for cover, fearing for their lives.

What happened?

A parent’s video of the shocking incident shows the teenage baseball players and members of the crowd hitting the ground and scrambling for safety as gunfire rang out at Pepperhill Park in North Charleston.

Many of the children seemed startled and confused at what was happening, and one coach was heard yelling, “Get down!”

According to WCSC-TV, said the parent who recorded the video that around 8:45 p.m., between 50 and 75 shots were fired in a nearby parking lot, damaging several vehicles. Thankfully, no one was reported injured in the incident.

in one police report Witnesses released Tuesday described seeing a “large group of teenagers” pull into the parking lot in separate vehicles and fist fights began. Shortly thereafter, the teenagers are said to have started shooting at each other. At least one of the suspects continued firing while driving into another vehicle that was fleeing the area, the report said.

North Charleston Police spokesman Harve Jacobs confirmed these details when speaking to WCSC after the incident.

“Witnesses stated that several vehicles pulled into the parking lot where a physical altercation ensued, followed by dozens of gunshots,” Jacobs told the outlet, calling the incident “despicable and reckless.”

He added that “several youth baseball games were in progress when this incident occurred” and that the shooting “had nothing to do with the park, youth athletes, parents or coaches.”

Mayor Keith Sumey insisted the city “will not tolerate this behavior and we will not allow this behavior to continue.” In a news conference on Tuesday, he announced a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of those involved.

VIDEOS | Dozens of shots were fired near a youth baseball game in North Charleston


What else?

One mother, Lori Ferguson, told the local news outlet that the harrowing incident left her and her children devastated. It was Ferguson’s husband, Blake, who captured the video.

Ferguson said when she heard the gunshots, she initially thought it was fireworks.

“And then all of a sudden, boom, boom, and ‘Down, everyone, down!’ And you are in a park. My kids aren’t right with me and you just watch everyone disperse,” she recalled. “And my son is alone on the hill and it was just the most traumatic thing as a mother, as a citizen of this town, that you just feel helpless. I felt completely helpless.”

Now her children find it difficult to feel safe throughout the day.

“Now I understand that we could walk down the street, something could happen. We could be in church, something can happen – I understand that 100%,” she said. “My children have asked me where the police should protect them. They didn’t want to shower in our own house because they are now traumatized by what happened tonight.”

Police spokesman Jacobs said resources have been made available for those who need help to recover from the traumatic event.

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Laura Coffey

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