BARNWELL COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) — A graduation party in Barnwell County turned chaotic when gunfire erupted, injuring several people and forcing groups of people to run for safety. “About after 12, they were gunshots so I didn’t come to see what was going on. Cause I was on the floor, on my knees,” Linda Frazier told NewsChannel 6’s Aiken Bureau Chief Shawn Cabbagestalk. “I know something was gonna happen because they were too many really young children and stuff,” she added.

Authorities responded to a graduation party across the road from Frazier’s Union Circle home on May 28th. At least six people were shot and a vehicle was damaged by gunfire. Investigators say this isn’t the kind of thing that has happened in Barnwell County before.”We’ve had our fair share of shootings, drive-by-type shootings, but just firing into a crowd of juveniles like this. I can’t say that I have,” Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Darlene Cook said.

“They don’t have no lights to the field and I don’t understand that why they got the kids down there at night,” Frazier added.

The Sheriff’s Office and Axis 1 Center of Barnwell partnering to help people who were traumatized by the shooting. “We have had folks that have walked in our doors that were really struggling with the event that they experienced,” Julie Hall of Aiken Barnwell Mental Health said.

SLED is taking over the investigation. While the search for a suspect or suspects continues, Frazier has one request. “Just be safe and watch your back everybody,” she said.

#Update | June 3, 2022 (WBF) – A graduation party in Kline, S.C. turned chaotic when gunfire erupted forcing groups of people to run for safety.

Multiple enforcement agencies responded and saw a large mass of victims who were afraid, and some even injured requiring medical attention at nearby hospitals.

Law enforcement says several vehicles were destroyed by bullets from various weapons.

BARNWELL COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) — The search is on for the person or people responsible for a shooting in Barnwell County Saturday, May 28.

Authorities say shots rang out in the area of Union Circle — causing damage to multiple vehicles.
Several people were sent to the hospital with wounds.

If you have any information, contact the Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.