3 arrested following alleged drive-by shooting in St. George

ST. GEORGE, SC (WCSC) - Three people were taken into custody early Wednesday morning after a drive-by shooting was reported in St. George.

The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office responded to the Colleton County Medical Center around 2 a.m. to interview a man who claimed he was shot in the driveway of his residence on Reeves Farm Road.

According to the incident report, the victim was talking with two friends in his driveway when a green Honda with chrome rims approached with the headlights off.  The victim told police that he heard at least five gunshots and felt a burning sensation in his left forearm as he dove to the ground.

The report states that officers observed a small puncture wound on his arm and lacerations on the bridge of his nose.  The victim said he hurt his nose while diving to the ground.

Officers at the scene of the shooting said they recovered a clip and some .25 caliber bullets.

The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office then contacted the St. George Police Department and provided a vehicle description to dispatchers.

A St. George officer then saw a vehicle traveling north on I-95 near mile marker 76 that appeared to match the description of the wanted vehicle, the report states.

When the officer interviewed the three men inside the car, they said that they had just left Walterboro, where they had been playing basketball since 8 p.m.

The report states that the driver, 23-year-old Antuan Derrell Jones, of Reevesville, had blood on his shirt and small scratches on his face.

Jones told police that the blood and scratches came from injuries suffered while playing basketball.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle the officer found a silver Lorcin .25 caliber handgun wrapped in a white sock under the right-rear seat.

Along with the weapon, police found four bullets wrapped in duct tape, the report states.  Police also said that the gun was holding 1 bullet in the chamber and 4 in the clip.

None of the men inside the car would claim the weapon.  Jones was charged with unlawful carrying of a handgun and cited for driving with unsafe tires and defective turn signal.

The passengers, 23-year-old Antonio Bethea Rasberry and 22-year-old Brandon Shanic Williams, both from St. George, were also charged with unlawful carrying of a handgun.

All three suspects were taken to the Dorchester County Jail.  Further charges may be coming.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the passengers charged in this case.

Copyright WCSC 2011.  All rights reserved.