Officials: 2 shot in outside event held at college gym

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Two people were shot and wounded early Sunday at a college gym in northern South Carolina during what school officials said was a birthday party being held by an outside group, according to news reports.

Lt. Michael Chavis of the Rock Hill Police Department told The Charlotte Observer that the shootings happened just before 1 a.m. at an event being held at the gymnasium of the Clinton College campus.

Chavis said that officers found an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound on campus. According to Chavis, a 17-year-old with a gunshot wound went to Piedmont Medical Center.

In a statement on their Twitter feed, the college said “no college students, faculty or staff were hurt in the incident.”

“The J.W. Martin gymnasium was being rented by an outside group for a birthday party when the shooting occurred," the statement read. “The safety of our students is our top priority.”

The university said in the statement that counselors would be available to staff and students on Monday. The small college near the border with North Carolina was founded in 1894 and has approximately 200 students, according to its website.