Sheriff: Man fired shots at birthday party

Carlos Butler (Source: GCSO)
Carlos Butler (Source: GCSO)

GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - Georgetown County authorities have charged a Sumter man with 4 counts of attempted murder after arresting him over the weekend for an alleged birthday party shooting.

Georgetown County sheriff's deputies responded to 6235 Johnson Road on Saturday after receiving reports of shots being fired.

Deputies say that at approximately 6 p.m., a verbal altercation started outside a meeting hall where a birthday party was taking place.

After a few moments of arguing, witnesses stated the suspect walked to the trunk of his vehicle and pulled out a black handgun. The suspect began firing shots toward a small group of people, authorities say, before jumping into his vehicle and speeding away.

A short time later, a vehicle matching the victims' description was located at the Mingo Exxon at the intersection of Browns Ferry Road and County Line Road.  During a subsequent traffic stop, deputies arrested the driver, 32-year-old Carlos Butler.

Butler is charged with four counts of attempted murder, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, and malicious injury to personal property. He is currently being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

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