Crime & Courts

Man allegedly trades gunfire with nightclub security before crashing car into Masonic temple

Sumter County Sheriff’s Office

A man has been hospitalized after traded gunfire with security at a Sumter County night club and crashing his car early Sunday morning, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

A 41-year-old man, who won’t be identified until he’s released from an area hospital and charges are filed, is listed in stable condition after undergoing surgery, according to public information officer Ken Bell, who said the man was discovered in his vehicle – 2012 Chevrolet Impala – after crashing into the Hillcrest Masonic Lodge, located at the intersection of Stamey Livestock and Frierson roads.

Sumter County Sheriff’s deputies originally responded to a call of a reported shooting at Three Dollar Lounge, a club on the 3800 block of Broad Street, said Bell, adding the incident began when the man was arguing with a woman in the parking and she drove away.

The man tried to re-enter the club and was turned away by two security guards, when he allegedly went to his vehicle and retrieved a weapon, according to Bell, also saying the man put the weapon to the chest of one of the security guards and pulled the trigger.

The security guard’s body armor stopped the bullet and he was uninjured, said Bell, but this prompted the security guards to return fire as the man fled to his vehicle, said Bell, adding the man continued to fire at the security guards. The man was shot at least three times but managed to drive away, said Bell, adding several other vehicles in the parking lot were hit by gunfire.

This is when the man allegedly passed another car at a high rate of speed before those witnesses discovered the man’s Impala crashed into the Hillcrest Masonic Lodge, where Bell said he was extracted from his vehicle and taken to an area hospital.