Panic at South Carolina Park as Gunshots Interrupt Youth Baseball Game

Gunshots shattered the atmosphere at a youth baseball game in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday, April 25, causing spectators and players to duck to the ground and take cover.

Video by Blake Ferguson shows the scary scene unfold at Pepperhill Park as a flurry of gunshots is heard nearby, sending some running and others to the ground.

Ferguson was recording while his son was on the pitcher’s mound. He said several vehicles were damaged. Lori Ferguson told Live5 News, "My son’s on the pitcher mound by himself and it was just the most traumatic thing as a mother, as a citizen of this city, that you just feel helpless. I felt completely helpless.”

In a statement released Tuesday morning, North Charleston Police said witnesses told responding officers that a “large group of teenagers” pulled into the parking lot next to Pepperhill Park and began to fight each other, before shots were fired from one of their vehicles.

“Witnesses indicated that multiple vehicles pulled into the parking lot, where a physical altercation took place, followed by dozens of gunshots,” police spokesman Harve Jacobs said, according to Live5 News.

“Several youth baseball games were underway when this incident occurred. This incident tonight had nothing to do with the park, youth athletes, parents or coaches. Thankfully no injuries were reported,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs said that North Charleston Police planned to meet with city recreation staff Tuesday morning to put together a plan “to ensure that our city’s youth can feel safe when playing on our parks and playgrounds.” Credit: Jeffrey Blake Ferguson via Storyful

Video transcript

[SPECTATORS TALKING]

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Hey, keep that leg kicked off, right? Attack it quick. I said, be quick. [INAUDIBLE].

[GUNSHOTS]

- Lydia. Lydia. Lydia, we're here.

[YELPING]

- OK, come here.

- What is that?

- Slow down.

[GUNSHOTS]

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Go to the fucking building. Get to the building.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Why did you escaping?

- Get to the building.

- [INAUDIBLE] still.

- Get out.

- Crawl. Crawl that way. Crawl that way. Crawl that way.

[INAUDIBLE]

- Hey, keep that leg kicked off, right? Attack it quick. I said, be quick. [INAUDIBLE].

[GUNSHOTS]

- Lydia. Lydia. Lydia, we're here.

[YELPING]

- OK. Come here.

- What is that?

[GUNSHOTS]

- Go to the fucking building. Get to the building.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Why aren't you escaping?

- Get to the building.

- [INAUDIBLE] still?

- Crawl. Crawl that way. Crawl that way. Crawl that way.

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