Search continues for James Island man after shooting


JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Sheriff's Deputies have apprehended 18-year-old Adrian Simmons, who was wanted for assault and battery with intent to kill.

Simmons and his brother, 25-year-old Sheldon Lamar Welcome, started fighting then shooting at each other on James Island Tuesday, according to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies closed down and searched woods near Grimball Road for Simmons. Welcome has been in custody since since Tuesday and has been charged for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

The brothers were fighting near the home their mother and grandmother share on Grimball Road. At this time, no injuries have been reported. "The two brothers ran into the woods firing at each other. We arrived on the scene along with the city police department," Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said.

Deputies do not know how many shots were fired, nor do they have a motive for the outburst of violence. Witnesses told deputies one of the men took off down a dirt path off Grimball Road, where they are focusing much of their search.

"As you'd imagine, these paths through the woods are used a great deal and they have different scents, but we continue to be looking for him," said Cannon.

Two schools, James Island Elementary and Clark Academy, were placed on lock down from 12:30 pm to about 2:30 pm as a precaution. A Charleston County School District spokesman said parents were allowed to pick their children up at their usual dismissal time.

Residents say the area used to be a nice place to live. "Grimball [Road] used to be a beautiful place to live, never had no problem. Once these children moved here to Grimball, we always had problems," Marie Delesline said.

A nearby station wagon was hit during the gunfight and was taken as evidence.

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