by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:
FORT MILL, S.C. - A Sweet 16 party ended when shots were fired into a crowd of teenagers.
One teen was shot in the shoulder.
Deputies are looking for the shooter in the case.
Investigators said the shooter may have found out about the party through social media.
"When I was locking up I heard these firecrackers going off," Doug Cianfrocca, who owns a fireworks store nearby, said.
But soon this business owner learned it wasn't firecrackers -- it was a Sweet 16 party that was interrupted by gunfire where investigators said at least one man shot into a crowd of teenagers.
"There were hundreds of people running around in different directions," Cianfrocca said.
Marquis Winston, 17, wasn't running.
The teen had been shot and was lying on the ground. Winston's aunt and mom told Channel 9 they got to the Comfort Inn on Carowinds Boulevard before Winston was rushed to the hospital.
They couldn't believe what happened.
"My nephew -- he was innocent and he caught the bullet," Marquita Winston said. "What if it had taken his life? They just don't care.”
She wants the intruders caught and doesn't want another family to go through what they've been put through.
"To just shoot at a crowd of kids -- it doesn't make any sense," she said.