Police in North Charleston, South Carolina, are investigating after dozens of shots were fired in a parking lot during a youth baseball game on April 25
By: Charlotte Hui
The children were confused when shots rang out, but the coaches reacted quickly and gestured for them to get on the ground as their parents called their names. The shooting lasted several minutes as more than 50 shots were fired. Fortunately, there were no physical injuries or casualties. However, that cannot be the case for emotional harm or possible future Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
“You don’t know where it’s coming from in the situation, so you don’t know if you should just run if you should get down where you are.”
“It was just the most traumatic thing as a mother, as the citizen of this city, that you just feel helpless. I felt completely helpless.” Said, Lori Ferguson, the mother who witnessed the shooting,
“I got down, and then I army crawled to my mom,” said Ferguson’s son Silas.
“The people that were out here shooting at each other weren’t here to watch a ball game,” Mayor Keith Summey said. “They came to a secluded area to carry out a fight that started somewhere else and ended up shooting at each other. It destroyed the hearts of a lot of people.”
Summey later offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the gunman’s capture.
“I am offering a $10,000 reward not for the conviction, but for the arrest of the individuals that were here in this parking lot, fighting and shooting each other while children were out here playing ball,” Summey said, “we will not tolerate it.”
The problem of gun sales in the United States continues to be an epidemic and none more prevalent than the copious amounts of mass school shootings annually. Allowing such issues to be tolerated by the elected officials at all levels of government only increases the risk to innocent children, the elderly, and countless others.
Although some government officials and parties try to introduce stronger gun regulations to ensure public safety further, they rarely become legislation. They far too often die on the floor of Congress or state floors as many have strong ties to the gun lobbyist.