Two killed in shooting during party at Nat'l Guard Armory

Two killed in shooting during party at Nat'l Guard Armory

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FORT MILL, SC (WBTV) -

New details are emerging in the first ever double murder case in the history of Fort Mill.

Fort Mill Police say a handful of motorcycle clubs met for a party at the South Carolina National Guard Armory in Fort Mill when things got out of hand and two people were shot and killed.

Investigators were still potentially looking for more evidence on scene, Monday, at the South Carolina National Guard Armory on Munn Road in connection with Saturday's fatal shooting.

Police say Steve Vandross, 47, and Reginald Strother, 24, (both from Columbia, SC) died after being shot while attending a party held for several motorcycle clubs.

"At some point and time a faction of some club arrived there and with the intent of creating an issue or starting and altercation with someone," said Fort Mill Police Major Bryan Zachary.

While police aren't releasing the names of the motorcycle clubs involved in the shooting, WBTV tracked down the party's organizer.

"Our creed is brotherhood and giving back to the community. That's what we're about. The things that happened outside are not what we're about and I just want to make that clear. We apologize on behalf of Triple R MC," said Triple R Motorcycle Club business manager Marko Thompson.

Thompson says the biker's group was celebrating its 3rd anniversary over the weekend and said none of his men even knew an altercation took place.

"No member from Triple R MC was involved in any altercation. No member from triple R MC witnessed any altercations. As far as the events that took place, they happened outside. We didn't know anything had happened until the cops came and told us we had to exit the building," said Thompson.

Investigators say 400 to 500 people were at the party.

Police are now saying they were never notified the party was going on and the group didn't have a license for consumption of alcohol on the premises.

"We had no prior indication of what would be taking place there. If that would have been the case, we would have been in a position to plan accordingly and taken some measure to have a police presence there from the very beginning," said Major Zachary.

Investigators say the shooting was not a random act of violence and the search for the gunman continues.

WBTV reached out to South Carolina National Guard officials who say they have rented out the Armory in Fort Mill to the Triple R MC on several occasions and this is the first time there was an incident at the venue.

If you have any information that could help with this information, please call the Fort Mill Police Department at 803.547.2022 or CrimeStoppers of York County at 877.409.4321.

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