Sheriff: Gang dispute led to innocent woman's death in shooting

Sheriff: Gang dispute led to innocent woman's death in shooting
Colleton County Sheriff Andy Strickland
Colleton County Sheriff Andy Strickland

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Colleton County Sheriff Andy Strickland said a recent shooting that took the life of an innocent woman appears to be gang related.

Strickland said the shooting, which took the life of 34-year-old Rebecca Marshelle Dewitt, stemmed from "territorial issues" between two groups of people.

Sheriff's office spokesman Ted Stanfield said Dewitt, a mother of three, was sitting in her car in her driveway on Tuesday night when she was struck once by a bullet. Stanfield said Dewitt had just pulled up after returning from the store with her two daughters, son and two friends.

Strickland said the incident was "infuriating" and that community input was the key to solving the killing.

Dewitt's boyfriend of 19 years and father of two of her children, Jeffrey Bogart, says he's in disbelief.

"We had our ups and downs and stuff, but couldn't find nobody better," Bogart said.

Her family took her to the hospital, where she later died.

Callers told investigators there were two vehicles, which authorities say had multiple people in each car, exchanging gunfire in the area of West Side Lane around 8:22 p.m. Dewitt lived at 223 Westside Lane, which is located behind Walmart.

Witnesses said a vehicle came down the dead-end street and turned around. As it was heading back up the street, another vehicle pulled up and occupants began firing at each other.

Stanfield said officers arrived at the hospital shortly after the shooting to find a 28-year-old man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds he said he suffered in the Walmart area. That man was taken to a Charleston hospital for treatment.

His involvement in the shooting is under investigation, as are several other leads.  No arrests have been made.

"The cooperation and interest the community has provided law enforcement in this case has been very helpful," said Sheriff Strickland. "With the community's assistance, we will have a better chance of solving this hideous crime and bringing the individuals responsible to justice."

Anybody who has information about the shooting is asked to contact the Colleton County Sheriff's Office at 843-549-1203 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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