Deputies to increase presence at Saturday event after rumors of threat

Deputies to increase presence at Saturday event after rumors of threat
The Heritage Days Celebration is a three-day event that begins Thursday and runs trough Saturday. (Source: WTOC/File)

ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - Beaufort County deputies are investigating a concern about a possible shooting at a cultural celebration on St. Helena Island this weekend.

Deputies received a report Tuesday night about a possible shooting a caller said could happen at the Heritage Days Celebration.

The three-day event, which begins Thursday, celebrates the history of Penn Center, one of the first schools for former slaves and their descendents living in the Sea Island of South Carolina; as well as Gullah Geechee and West and Central African culture, according to the event’s website.

The annual celebration includes live cultural demonstrations, Gullah storytellers and re-enactors, music, a fish fry, crab crack and oyster roast and a parade.

At this point, deputies say they have not been able to substantiate any threat. However, they say they will have an increased presence at the event.

They encourage anyone who sees anything suspicious to call 911.

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