Deputies: Suspect in Kingstree New Year's shooting arrested

Deputies: Suspect in Kingstree New Year's shooting arrested

Williamsburg County deputies arrested a man wanted in connection with a New Year's Day shooting at a Kingstree restaurant.

Darnell Jamar Epps, 21, faces charges of  assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, unlawfully possessing a handgun, third degree assault and battery; and malicious injury to animals or personal property, with a value of $2,000 or less, according to Williamsburg County Investigator Alex Edwards.

Epps was arrested Monday after Kingstree police responded to a report of a suspicious person behind a home on Singleton Avenue. After police detained the man, Williamsburg County deputies arrived and identified the person as Epps.

Deputies say the shooting on New Year's Day was the result of an altercation inside the Huddle House restaurant in Kingstree. That altercation, investigators say, led to gun shots being fired in the parking lot, but they say no one was hit by the gunfire.

Court documents state Epps assaulted a woman inside the restaurant by putting his hand underneath her skirt three times, which prompted a fight between Epps and the woman's boyfriend. The boyfriend suffered a burn to his left forearm when Epps allegedly pushed him against the open grill.

Epps then left the restaurant and the victim pursued him into the parking lot where Epps retrieved a gun from his car and fired two to three shots towards the victim, documents state.

Investigators say Epps then fired a shot into the back window of the vehicle of a second man who had gotten into his car in an attempt to leave the restaurant. That man suffered a cut to his leg, documents state.

Epps was being held pending a bond hearing.

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