After helping his cousin into the emergency room at Chester Regional Medical Center, Derek Antwon Chalk returned to the hospital's entryway to help another victim of a nightclub shooting early Monday morning, his cousin said.
But Chalk was gunned down as he returned to the entryway. Authorities say Chalk, 20, and another Chester man, Antonio Price, 24, were killed after being shot early Monday morning in Chester.
No arrests have been made as of Tuesday morning.
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Studio 72 was crowded around 1:30 a.m. Monday when a fight turned violent and led to the shooting of at least four people. Officers aren't sure what triggered the fight or if gangs were involved. Deputies were still piecing together details late Monday.
"It looks like a fight broke out at the club," Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith said. "We found shell casings inside and outside the club."
Derek Chalk was at the nightclub on J. A. Cochran Bypass near Bi-Lo with his cousin, John Chalk, and John's girlfriend.
"Everyone was partying and then gunshots came," said John Chalk, adding that he wasn't involved.
Then John Chalk was shot in his left leg.
"My cousin (Derek) came and picked me up," John Chalk said. "He took me to the car from the club."
The other homicide victim, Price, was one of at least three other people shot at the nightclub. Those victims were taken to the Chester hospital in personal vehicles, Smith said. The names of the others involved haven't been released.
John Chalk said his cousin carried him into the hospital's emergency room on his back and then went outside to help another club shooting victim into the hospital.
The hospital shooting happened in the breezeway at the entrance to the emergency room as victims from the first shooting were being helped inside, Smith said.
Derek Chalk's family called the hospital incident a drive-by shooting.
"I was inside already. He helped me in and went out to help another boy," John Chalk said. "I heard gunshots. I knew (my cousin) was outside. I didn't have no clothes on but boxers. I was trying to get outside.... I was trying to get to him, but I was being held back."
Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said Derek Chalk was shot multiple times. An autopsy revealed Chalk died of a gunshot wound to the head, Tinker said. Chalk was pronounced dead at 3:15 a.m.
"He was taken from the ramp into a room inside the hospital," Tinker said. "He died inside the hospital about an hour later."
Smith said it is possible Price also was shot outside the hospital.
Price, who was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, died of gunshot wounds, Tinker said. An autopsy will be performed on Price today.
John Chalk and the other shooting victims were all treated and released from area hospitals.
"I'm in a little bit of pain," John Chalk said Monday afternoon. "Mostly, I miss my cousin."
Derek Chalk's mom, Virginia Bernice Chalk, said her son was quiet, sweet and the kind of man who looked after others.
"He's always taking care of other people," she said. "He's good like that."
Virginia Chalk said her son normally didn't go to nightclubs, and she wasn't sure what prompted Sunday night's trip.
"He's such a sweet child. I never had no trouble out of him. I don't understand why he was there. I wish he had stayed at home," she said.
Studio 72 club used to be located on Columbia Street in Chester until a fire last year. Five deputies - two working security and three in the area on patrol - were in the parking lot at the time of the shooting, Smith said. Deputies are often at the club on weekends for security reasons.
Virginia Chalk said she's not sure why anyone would hurt her son. She said he was a good man who loved to play basketball and listen to music.
"He was only an innocent bystander," she said. "It makes me very angry. I'm really still in a state of shock. I can't get over it. The Lord and my family will help me try."
Chester Regional Medical Center continued to operate as usual while police investigated the incident. The hospital issued the following statement:
"We are extremely proud of our staff's ability to continue to care for our patients during the events that unfolded late last night/early this morning. At no time during and after the event were hospital operations affected. ... We are deeply saddened by the events that took place overnight. ... We are fully cooperating with the Chester County Sheriff's Department."
State Law Enforcement Division, Chester Police Department and Sixth Circuit Solicitor's Office are aiding the sheriff's office with the investigation.
This is Chester County's second fatal shooting in two weeks following a stretch of nearly a year without a murder.
On Sept. 8, 24-year-old Faris Terrell Wray of Chester was shot and killed near the railroad tracks on Old York Road. Authorities arrested JC Bowler, 30, of Chester and charged him with murder the following week.
Anyone with information that could help deputies solve these shootings is asked to call the Chester County Sheriff's Office at 803-581-5131.
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