After a shooting at the Lavish Lounge in Greenville County early Sunday morning Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis said the club violated Gov. Henry McMaster’s State of Emergency by staying open.
“This club shouldn’t have been open, they shouldn’t have been operating today,” said Lewis.
Gov. McMaster’s State of Emergency specifically outlaws night clubs and concerts, among other venues and events.
Sheriff Lewis said Lavish Lounge was serving as both a club and a concert when the shooting happened early Sunday morning.
He told WYFF News 4 there were at least 200 people inside at the time.
“Whoever opened this club, I would say, assumes 100% responsibility for who came in last night, and who got to go home and what they brought into that club, ” said Lewis. “So, if those club owners are watching, I hope they sleep well tonight. Because it’s their fault, 100%.”
The club owner, or owners, would receive a $200 citation for the violation, said Lewis.
He said combined with people having guns inside, he’s committed to shutting the club down.
Sheriff Lewis said Governor McMaster called Sunday and offered to help.
“With those violations, we don’t have a place for this here in Greenville,” he said. “Really, it’s tragic, it’s unnecessary, it’s nonsense.”