DELCO, NC (WECT) – Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten said one person is dead and two are injured after a party at the Triple K Ranch early Saturday morning.
Shortly after 4 a.m., deputies arrived to the ranch on Big Branch Road to find three victims.
Deputies say Ulicus Robinson, 31, died shortly after being taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Two other people were shot. Dysheka Bell, 17, went by a private vehicle to Columbus Regional Health Care with a gunshot wound to the stomach.
Miyah Moore, 16, went to Cape Fear Hospital with a gunshot wound to the hand.
Investigators say the club was being rented for a birthday party at the time.
One of the club owners, Gregory Keith, said it was not a Triple K-sponsored event.
A release from the sheriff's department indicates there have been recent complaints about parties at the club.
"At the party over the weekend, people were charged admission and alcoholic drinks were sold. If things like that are going on, then it becomes a business. It's not registered as a business to sell alcohol and that's breaking the law," said Sheriff Chris Batten.
"We're going to be more careful about who we lease the building out to. We're going to make sure they understand when a party is here, it must be over by 2 a.m. We're also going to make sure we're meeting all the requirements by the county state," said Triple K Owner Gregory Keith.
Batten says, since Triple K does positive things for the community he's willing to keep the place open if the owners things legally.
When officers arrived on the scene, they say the club and parking lot were vacant.
James Flemming leases the ranch out to the owners of Triple K. He says he is shocked by the crime.
"The Triple K Ranch is a place for fun, and we have kids out here for daycare," said Flemming. "It's a positive place and it's a tragedy what happened."
Police are still looking for whoever was responsible for the shooting. Investigators say more than one person will likely face charges.
Anyone with tips or information is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 910-642-6551.