“I’m sorry if someone thought they were overlooked,” he said. “With the number of victims, suspects and witnesses, and trying to preserve a scene that was a city block, the scene was very chaotic.”
Brittany Moore, a high school freshman from South Carolina, was shot in the leg after an argument between two groups of people turned violent.
Moore said she saw two officers in the middle of the street and ran to them.
“They told me to get out of the road,” she said.
A woman driving by saw her bleeding and had her two children get out of the car and put Moore in it. The woman dug some rags out of her backseat and applied pressure to Moore’s bullet wound.
Another deputy approached and asked what happened.
“I told him I had been shot. He just walked away,” Moore said.
Moore’s mother is upset at the treatment she said her daughter received from deputies. She said she was pursuing legal action against the department.
Gay, who was one of the officers who responded to the scene, said the scene was very hard to control.
“It was almost like being in a war zone,” he said.
Witnesses were trying to point out shooters, and deputies were trying to grab suspects from a crowd of people running at full speed and screaming.
Gay also said there were a lot of people who thought they were shot but were not, and officers were trying to calm them down.
“It has always been the policy of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office to aid any injured person first,” he said. “That’s what we always try to do.”