UPDATE | Surveillance video released showing shooting scene at high school

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Aiken Public Safety has released the surveillance video from South Aiken High School on the night three people were shot.

You can watch the video in the player above that shows parents and students running inside the gym for safety.


Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 News 12 NBC 26 at 11 O'Clock

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- It was a town hall meeting at South Aiken High for parents to hear more about possible changes to Aiken County Public schools, but some parents just wanted to hear about safety after last Friday's shooting.

"There have been some concerns in the past about copycat incidents and things like that," April Bransome-Gorton said, a parent at South Aiken High School.

In the past week school officials announced new metal detector wands, bag checks and more officers at athletic events, but tonight people wanted to know more.
A woman, at the town hall meeting, was at the game and asked about lighting in the parking lot with another game coming on Thursday.

"We will have increased lighting at South Aiken High School on Thursday night," Superintendent Dr. Sean Alford said.

In a news conference earlier in the day, public safety said the shooting happened because of a fight between rival gangs.

"I think we've seen an increase in their boldness and their activity to perform such acts of violence in public," Lt. Jake Mahoney said.

Even though the shooting happened on school property Alford says gangs are not a school problem.

"We're not experiencing specific issues in the schools, no sir," Alford said.

But just the thought of gang violence reaching this level gives parents pause.

"Extremely nervous because retaliation is one thing that usually doesn't end with the first incident, so it does make me feel very nervous," Bransome-Gorton said.

Starting today a school official is going to each high school and then middle school to review their procedures for games. And tomorrow the school district will be conducting metal detectors and bag checking training on top of online training.