Orangeburg teen charged with attempted murder denied bond

Orangeburg teen charged with attempted murder denied bond
Najquan Hampton was charged with six counts of attempted murder (Source: OCSO)
Derian James is wanted in connection with dangerous shooting (Source: OCSO)
Derian James is wanted in connection with dangerous shooting (Source: OCSO)

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - An Orangeburg teen, arrested during a warrant service that turned into a dangerous encounter, made his first court appearance Friday.

Najquan Hampton, 17, was charged with six counts of attempted murder after being apprehended early Thursday, according to a statement by Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office.

During the hearing, Hampton was denied bond.

According to sheriff's office spokesperson Richard Walker, Hampton is accused of shooting at a crowd in which multiple people were located. No one was injured in the gunfire.

Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said that the search for Hampton soon turned dangerous.

"As soon as the investigators developed a suspect, we obtained warrants and began searching for him," Ravenell said. "That search, while successful, nearly turned fatal when officers serving those warrants were shot at by yet another individual."

Ravenell said the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) began their investigation after shots were said to have been fired between a second subject at the Coleman Street residence where Hampton was located.

The sheriff said OCSO investigators have joined the SLED search for 18-year-old Derian James, who is wanted in connection with that exchange of gunfire.

If anyone has any information on James's whereabouts, they are urged to call the OCSO at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Callers can remain anonymous.