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  • Patrick Phillips, Live 5 News

Congressional candidates address gun violence after shots fired near kids' ball game

One of the candidates hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace held a news conference at the ball field where gunfire interrupted a youth baseball game Monday night.

Children were playing baseball at Pepperhill Park at approximately 8:45 p.m. when an estimated 50 to 75 gunshots erupted. Video recorded by the parent of one of the players showed children and spectators running for safety.

Dr. Annie Andrews, the Democratic candidate for the First Congressional District, addressed the incident, saying the shooting is a result of a bigger issue.

“This isn’t just about guns. It’s about the roots of violent crime in South Carolina,” Andrews said. “There’s a lack of Economic Opportunity and educational equity in this community that has existed for decades. People don’t have access to jobs with a living wage.”

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