Police arrest murder suspect in Olive Garden parking lot shooting

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Jamal Drayton. (Source: CCDC)
Jamal Drayton. (Source: CCDC)

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - North Charleston investigators have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection to a restaurant parking lot shooting Friday night that left a 15-year-old dead.

Police arrested Jamal Drayton of Summerville and charged him with murder.

According to NCPD officials, Drayton surrendered to officers and was locked up at the Charleston County Detention Center.

He is expected to go before a bond judge on Wednesday.

Calvin Benekin, 22, is already in custody and also charged with murder while three others, Deshone Rivers, Brittney Wall and Tyler White were charged with drug-related offenses in connection with the case, Pryor said.

Benekin received no bond for murder and will go to circuit court. He is being held on a $200,000 bond for possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

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Late Saturday, the Charleston County Coroner's Office identified the victim of the shooting at 15-year-old Derrick Roper.

Police responded to a reported shooting shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of the Olive Garden, located on the perimeter of Northwoods Mall. Police say they found Roper in a vehicle with a gunshot wound to the upper left shoulder. He was transported to an area hospital where he later died, Pryor said.

Investigators believe a drug deal was to take place Friday when the victim was shot.

"The scene had several pieces of marijuana scattered around a parking space with a large pool of blood," a responding officer wrote in his incident report. "There was also one spent shell casing, and one I've round in the same area."

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