COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - One man is behind bars, but another is still missing after a shooting in Walterboro. Neighbors reported shots fired near the corner of Koth and Baker Streets back in early January and Monday, the suspect turned himself in.
Deputies arrested Emmanuel Buckner, a man they called a "key person of interest." Deputies still need help finding a possible shooting victim, 19-year-old Daquan Williams, who hasn't been seen since the incident. His family members have been praying for answers for more than three weeks.
"We do fear the worst. That's why are asking someone to please come forward. We are a family that loves each other very much," said Williams' aunt, Eartha Cunningham.
Deputies say Buckner turned himself in at the Colleton County Detention Center with his attorney Monday.
"These young men at one time were all friends. They were gathered up, something turned bad quick, and Mr. Williams is now missing," Lt. Alan Inabinett said.
According to deputies, Buckner shot at a man named Chris Chapman during the Jan. 8 shooting. Buckner has been charged with attempted murder. Deputies have not said whether Buckner is to blame for Williams' disappearance.
"At this time it is questionable at best. He is a key person of interest that we are looking into," Inabinett said.
The sheriff's office says at this time the motive is unknown. Williams' family says he was an aspiring musician who just celebrated his 19th birthday after Christmas.
"Definitely for his mom, that's her child that she loves very much, and she wants the community to come forward and tell us something so we can know his whereabouts, so there can be some closure to this," Cunningham said.
Colleton County Sheriff's Office wants to thank SLED, DNR, Highway Patrol, Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Charleston City Police, Charleston County Dive team and the search and rescue dogs team out of Charleston.
Williams was last seen and the shooting incident on January 8. Police say he known by the name "Black-dot" He is 6'0" and weighs 175 pounds.
Anyone with information on Williams' disappearance should call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.
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