CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A youth baseball team whose game was interrupted by multiple gunshots in North Charleston will have an opportunity to play at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, home of the Charleston RiverDogs.
President of the Charleston RiverDogs, Dave Echols, told News 2 the RiverDogs invited the youth league teams to complete their matchup ahead of the RiverDog’s game on May 3rd.
The RiverDogs will host the two teams competing at the time of the shooting and a softball team that was practicing on an adjoining field to attend the RiverDog’s game against Fayetteville while providing tickets for the player’s family.
The team is also inviting all youth baseball and softball teams from North Charleston to attend in support of the competing teams before holding a picnic during the RiverDog’s game.
“Our message is that one the RiverDogs and Major League Baseball are here for you and want to support our local community and you know just for the kids that were involved just that you know we’re here for you and baseball is a game of fun,” says Garret Randall, Assistant General Manager for the RiverDogs.
“You know something like this really can take the fun out of it for especially younger children so we want to re-energize them about the game of baseball and that playing baseball is supposed to be fun despite the traumatic experience they had this week,” says Randall.
What sounded like 30 shots rang out Monday night as the youth teams competed at Pepperhill Park. Witnesses told police that two groups of teenagers arrived at the park and began fist fighting before they fired multiple shots.
In a video released to News 2, you can hear the barrage of shots and the young players, coaches and parents ducking and running for cover.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said he is focused on finding those responsible and is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.