COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Colleton County investigators say four people have been charged and another four are being sought following two related shootings on Tuesday involving gang activity.
Officials with the Walterboro Public Safety Department say a Tuesday afternoon shooting outside a home on Green Pond Highway led to a retaliatory shooting a few hours later at a gas station on Ace Basin Parkway.
Walterboro police say the first shooting happened at a home on Green Pond Highway where two people, an 18-year-old woman and 19-year-old man, had each suffered a gunshot wound to their leg.
At 1:35 p.m., officers responded to the location for a report of someone being shot. When officers arrived they learned that someone had taken one of the reported victims to the hospital.
Witnesses reported that as a white vehicle was passing the area, a man inside the vehicle took out a gun and started firing at the victims.
A citizen also reported to police that a man carrying a gun was seen running through the woods.
Several people called police and reported seeing a man fitting the description of the suspect running in the area of Green Pond Highway and enter the woods.
Police say they were able to make contact with the subject, identified as 17-year-old Kareem Risher, who told officers he did not have a weapon in his possession, but said he had fired a weapon in self defense.
A police report states after officers spoke with Risher, Risher took police to the location of the weapon he fired. Risher was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits.
Investigators also charged 18-year-old Rashaan Tysean Donaldson and 18-year-old James R. Pierce with attempted murder for the incident.
According to officials with the Colleton County Sheriff's Office, less than two hours later, a retaliatory shooting happened at the Ashepoo Grocery gas station parking lot on 8642 Ace Basin Parkway.
Callers said two groups of people in two vehicles had exchanged gun fire in the parking lot of the business. A caller told authorities that at least two people were struck by bullets, while another witness reported that his vehicle had been stolen from the scene.
Authorities say they were able to find one of the vehicles and detained four individuals, including a 19 year old male suffering from two apparent gunshot wounds. Several minutes later, the stolen vehicle was located at a nearby residence. Another person of interest was also located at that scene.
The sheriff's office says one of five men sought in the incident is in custody. Investigators say 21-year-old Dylan Davarn Brown surrendered to authorities and is fully cooperating with their investigation.
The Colleton County Sheriff's Office is continuing to look for 24-year-old Raheem Jamal Henderson, 22-year-old Tyrell Keron Jackson, 20-year-old Matthew Rashaun Jones and 21-year-old Charlie Edward Martin.
Investigators from Walterboro Public Safety and CCSO say they are working together to quickly resolve both incidents. According to an incident report, all evidence indicates the shootings are related to local gang activity.
Both incidents are still under investigation.