One person was killed and another injured after several gunmen opened fire at a graduation ceremony.
The shooting happened just before midnight Friday night in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, about 38 miles southeast of Fayetteville.
Eric L. Chancy, who lived in the house where the party was held, was killed in the shooting, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.
Ronkira D Lennon was injured in the incident but has since been discharged from hospital, police say.
Authorities did not release any details about Chancy, including his age or whether he was a student.
Sheriff James McVicker said a high school graduation was in progress when an argument broke out and gunshots rang out.
Based on the number of shell casings found at the scene, authorities believe “multiple shooters” were involved.
Police were notified at 11:42 p.m. of two people who had arrived at Bladen County Hospital with gunshot wounds.
Chance later died from his injuries.
Elizabethtown Police were called to assist with a large crowd that had gathered outside the hospital.
Police have not revealed who they believe are the shooters and no arrests have yet been made.
Police said the incident happened in a rural residential area and not near a school.
The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact them at 910-862-6960.
The shooting comes amid a spate of gun violence in the country, including the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and last month at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 young children and two teachers were massacred by an 18-year-old gunman , Salvador Ramos.
It also comes as thousands of people across the country take to the streets on Saturday to protest gun violence and call for common sense gun laws at nationwide March for Our Lives rallies.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5541711/one-dead-graduation-gun-shooting-north-carolina/ One dead and another injured when “several gunmen” opened fire after a dispute at a large graduation ceremony