SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office says an 8th suspect wanted in connection with a Jan. 27 shootout that led to the killing of a 16-year-old Summerville boy was arrested Friday afternoon.
Demetrius James Anderson, 18, faces charges of obstruction of justice and four counts of attempted murder, according to Dorchester County Sheriff’s Lt. Rick Carson. He was arrested shortly after 4 p.m., less than three hours after his name and photo were made public, Carson said.
Deputies have characterized the incident as a gun deal gone wrong that ended with two groups of teens shooting at each other and fatally wounding 16-year-old Jaquarie Perry, a Summerville High School student who was walking home from the school at the time of the shooting.
With Anderson’s arrest Friday afternoon, deputies have a total of eight teenagers in custody.
Jordan Taylor Melton, 18, of Summerville was arrested Thursday on charges of obstructing justice and four counts of attempted murder, according to Dorchester County Sheriff’s Lt. Rick Carson. A judge denied bond Friday morning for Melton.
A 15-year-old boy was also arrested Thursday night on obstruction of justice and four counts of attempted murder.
Dontae Kyree Baylock, 18, of Summerville, was arrested Friday morning when he surrendered to authorities. He faces four counts of attempted murder, Carson said. Baylock was denied bond on Friday. His lawyer said that his client has never been arrested before and that he was best friends with Jaquarie Perry.
Investigators say Melton, Baylock, Anderson and the 15-year-old are accused of shooting at four other teens who were allegedly involved in the gun deal.
Days after the shooting, deputies arrested 18-year-old Diante Xavier Shelton and 17-year-old Damonte Lamonte Copeland-Remus along with two juveniles said to be either 16 or 17 years old. These four are all facing a murder charge in Perry’s death. Shelton and Copeland-Remus will be tried as adults, investigators said.
An affidavit released on Jan. 31 states Copeland-Remus fired shots and hit Perry in the back fatally wounding him. Both 9mm and .380 caliber casings were found in the road, the affidavit stated.
Carson said the incident involving the four young men began in the Gates of Summerville apartment complex. It then moved to the Flowertown Village area a short time later where Perry was gunned down, he said.
Officers say they responded at approximately 8:12 p.m. on Jan. 27 to a report of shots fired into apartments in the 1200 block of Boone Hill Road. A woman flagged down responding deputies that a gunshot victim was inside a home. Deputies and EMS attempted to provide aid to Perry, but EMS said he was beyond help.
The 16-year-old was a football and track athlete, his family said. Perry was walking home from track practice at the time he was shot, investigators.