WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - A 19-year-old Walterboro man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday after being convicted of shooting into a car that was stopped for children getting off a school bus.
At the conclusion of a two-day trial, a jury found Quashon G. Middleton guilty of two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime.
On Sept. 28, 2010, Middleton was on a moped when he fired at a woman and man in a sedan stopped on Brittlebank Road in Walterboro.
The pair had stopped to allow a preschool bus to unload passengers.
Investigators say Middleton fired between five and seven times at the vehicle, narrowly missing the car's occupants. The passenger in the vehicle, a veteran who had served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, shielded the female driver and was able to drive the car away. While escaping, the car struck Middleton, who was hospitalized with a shattered leg.
He was arrested upon being released from the hospital.
"It is clear that Quashon Middleton is reckless and a true danger to our community," said assistant solicitor Amanda Haselden, who prosecuted the case. "He may be young for a career criminal, but he is no doubt a violent individual with no regard for life. Only through some quick thinking and the grace of god did this shooting not turn into another tragedy."
Investigators were never able to establish a motive for the shooting.