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No bond for Georgia man held in S Carolina festival shooting

September 28, 2021 GMT

YEMASSEE, S.C. (AP) — A 40-year-old Georgia man is being held without bond in connection with a shooting that killed one person and wounded at least seven at an event after a festival in the small South Carolina town of Yemassee.

The Yemassee Police Department announced on Monday that Yogeskumar Rasikhabi Patel, of Savannah, had been arrested, news agencies reported. He’s charged with one count each of attempted murder and unlawful carrying of a firearm. A call to police early Tuesday to see whether he had an attorney was not immediately returned.

Officials say more arrests are expected as the investigation continues.

The shooting occurred early Sept. 19 outside a convenience store where a DJ was performing after the Yemassee Shrimp Festival. Yemassee is about 60 miles (97 km) west of Charleston.

Police Chief Gregory Alexander has said previously that multiple fights broke out and then one person opened fire. That led to others starting to shoot as well, with three or four people shooting guns.

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An arrest warrant says Patel acknowledged drinking and shooting at cars, news outlets reported.

Among those wounded were three children caught in the crossfire because they were riding in the backseat of a vehicle that was shot multiple times, police have said.

The victims were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Among the most seriously injured was a 12 year old, who underwent surgery at a hospital, Alexander has said.