Deputies investigating Summerville apartment complex shooting

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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A Summerville apartment is becoming a hot spot for drugs, burglaries, murder and more.

Dorchester County sheriff's deputies have responded to the Haven Oaks Apartment complex off Orangeburg Road 645 times over the past three years.

Deputies say some of the crimes at Haven Oaks Apartments include serious incidents involving drugs, shootings and even murder. Some residents say they live in fear for their safety. They didn't want their identities known.

"People get scared, but they aren't going to go out and look who did it or what happened," one resident said. "I've seen the cop cars and ambulance ride by. As far as that, I've seen it before, but what can you do?"

On Sunday night, deputies responded to an aggravated assault. They are looking for 18-year-old Juan McFadden as a suspect in the crime involving shots fired at building F. Deputies say no one was injured, but there were three bullet holes left behind.

"I'll be moving soon," another resident said. "In the meantime I keep my children inside. I was told it was a bullet that came through one of the windows. I just hope and pray that nothing will enter my apartment complex."

Residents say many people from other areas use nearby paths to travel through the neighborhood. Another resident said she was very concerned about drug wars, which according to her, are happening in the neighborhood. She worries that an innocent person will be killed.

"It's not the residents who live here," one resident said. "It's the ones that live in the next apartment complex that come over here with trouble."

Records from 2007 show a 60-year-old man was shot to death in his truck. In 2008, an undercover police officer was shot in the leg during a drug sting. In 2009, a father was under investigation after a 5-month-old baby was found unresponsive in a bedroom and later died. In February of this year, deputies say a man accidentally shot himself with a gun he thought wasn't loaded.

The Haven Oaks apartments are funded partly by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. There are weekly crime watch meetings at the community center at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Residents say attendance is light because they fear retaliation for telling on others.

Dorchester County deputies say during the shooting two bullets went into one of the apartments. Deputies say an 11-month-old baby was inside that apartment. Deputies are looking for 18-year-old Juan McFadden as a suspect in the aggravated assault.

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