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Domestic dispute escalates to gunshots feet from elementary school

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston police are looking for a man accused of firing shots after a dispute in a North Charleston neighborhood. "He just went ballistic. [He was] shooting everywhere -- shooting in the air, shooting at the car," one victim said.

At around 6:30 pm Monday, a woman who has asked to not be identified was dropping off a relative on Shelton Street, near Remount Road. According to the woman, a group of women were already congregating on Shelton Street and the fighting started when one of the women spotted her boyfriend with another woman.

"They [were] walking. [Jamel] was walking with [the mother of his child] by the ice cream shop when we spotted them," she said.

Jamel is Jamel “Mel” Prezzy, according to police reports of the incident.

Then a fight broke out between the two girls, that, according to witnesses, was over Prezzy.

She says she and her sister tried to break up the fight, but then Prezzy  pulled out a gun and started firing. "He shot in the air two times then his friend got the gun and shot in the air about five times," she said.

Police say that friend is Derrell “Apple” Chandler.

At least one bullet hit a nearby house.

"That lady she could have died last night. My sister and I could have [been] shot," she said.

The victims say one of the most disturbing parts of this incident is where it happened – just a few feet away from Dunston Elementary School. "That could have happened in broad daylight," she said.

 Prezzy and Chandler are facing charges of assault with intent to kill and weapon law violations. And these sisters say they hope nothing like this happens to them again. Chandler was arrested by police Tuesday morning and will face a bond court Wednesday. Police are still looking for Prezzy.

"I never been shot at this is my first time…I hope it's the last one," she said.

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