A deputy with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office noticed a disturbance at the club, Lavish Lounge, shortly before 2am. The scene is still active, the department said.
Mr Lewis told local newspaper the Greenville News that the shooting was probably "gang-related". He said he's been anxious about the club before Sunday morning's shooting - both about violence and whether the club is violating rules created to slow the spread of the coronavirus. There are no suspects in custody. Investigators are looking into whether concert organisers had been granted an exception, Sheriff Lewis told CNN.
The shooting comes as COVID-19 cases continue to spike in SC.
The AP notes Governor Henry McMaster (R) has not lifted restrictions on large crowds and had recently warned that "those operating nightclubs illegally or holding concerts against his orders don't have to be caught in the act to face criminal charges".
Lieutenant Bolt said it was possible that the club had appealed that order.
PHOTO: Two people are dead and eight people have been injured after a shooting took place at Lavish Lounge in Greenville, South Carolina, just before 2 a.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2020.
According to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, no one is now in custody and police are actively investigating the shooting.
Lewis said the victims, whose names were not immediately released, were taken to the Prisma Health hospital in Greenville, some via private vehicle.
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