Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews wants to shut down a nightclub where a man was shot seven times last weekend because he says the business has a troubled history.
The shooting early Saturday at Club Sauce was the second time shots were fired at the rural club in a week, he said. The club is open one night a week.
Kershaw deputies have been called to the club nine times since Jan. 7 because of fights and other disturbances, he said.
“We’re concerned with things getting out of control there,” Matthews said. “These kind of things escalate.”
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Deputies are looking “very hard” for ways to force the club to close, probably by asking state officials to take away its liquor license, he said. “We will not tolerate these shootings, a problem compounded by the lack of cooperation by Club Sauce patrons,” Matthews said.
Club operator Andrew Bryant of Sumter declined comment about the incidents and Matthews’ reaction. The club has been open about a year on U.S. 1 midway between Camden and Cassatt, Byrant said.
Last weekend’s shooting victim suffered injuries that are not life-threatening. He was injured after an exchange of gunfire that videos indicated involved more than 30 rounds of ammunition, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department. The victim told investigators he “didn’t see anything,” according to the news release.
Shell casings from three types of weapons were recovered, the news release said.
Club security guards at the “very chaotic scene” said the man shot was taken to medical care in a private vehicle, the news release said.
Cooperation from witnesses of the shooting has been minimal, Matthews said. “Nobody is talking,” he said. “There is a general dislike for law enforcement among the patrons.”
No injuries were reported after shots were fired at the club Nov. 11, he said.