Authorities say three people have been killed and five injured in a shooting in a small town west of Charleston.

Barry McRoy, director of Colleton County Fire and EMS, confirmed to The Post and Courier of Charleston that eight people were treated and three of them died in the shooting late Monday. The newspaper reported it happened at a house in Walterboro, about 40 miles west of Charleston.

A call to McRoy by The Associated Press was not immediately returned early Tuesday.

The Walterboro Police Department is investigating. A dispatcher told AP that investigators are at the scene and not available to comment. Colleton County police referred all calls to Walterboro officials.