Two dads dead after 12 shots fired in party bus hired by suspect ‘nobody knew’

A gunman shot dead two young fathers in a random attack on a party bus he rented, it is claimed.

Keyshawn Cooley, 21, and Randy Hargraves were killed and the unnamed suspect suffered a gunshot wound after up to 12 shots were fired.

The victims from North Carolina, US, were shot while travelling on their bus from Durham to Charlotte before 9pm last Friday.

Tynecca Hart, Hargraves’ mother, told WRAL TV new station that she believes “nobody knew” the shooting suspect, Fox News reports.

She said: "All I know is that they did an application to rent the party bus.

“I just want the shooter to get whatever punishment he deserves, to know that this is not okay to just kill somebody for no reason at all.”

Police found three men with gunshot wounds after being called to the scene before 9pm, the Guilford County Sheriff's Office tweeted.

One of the victims was pronounced dead, while another was taken to a hospital where he also died.

The third person, the suspect, is stable and has reportedly not been charged.

WGHP reported that Willie Johnston, the owner of the company that rented out the bus, Clipper Gang Elite Transportation, was driving.

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The local news station obtained a recording of his 999 call in which he said: “I got a party bus, and I had some passengers and one of the guys started shooting. I ran away from the bus and I don’t know what happened, man. My son is on the bus and my nephew. Please."

A GoFundMe page set up has been set up for his 21-year-old son Keyshawn Cooley's memorial service and says he leaves behind a 5-month-old baby girl.

It says: "On the evening of October 9, 2020 Keyshawn Lorenzo Cooley (Slick) 21, of Durham North Carolina violently lost his life to senseless gun violence while helping operate his fathers [sic] family owned mobile entertainment business.

Randy Hargraves, father of a one-year-old and a two-year-old, also was killed in the shooting.

Johnston told 911 the suspect was the person who rented the bus, according to calls reviewed by WGHP.

Ten to 12 shots were fired, according to the station.

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