Arrests made in gang-related shooting that killed innocent mother

Published: Apr. 15, 2013 at 6:34 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 15, 2013 at 7:33 PM EDT
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Rebecca Dewitt with family.
Rebecca Dewitt with family.
Clockwise from top left: Bowman, Scriven, Hampton, Wilson, and Fryar. (Source: CCSO)
Clockwise from top left: Bowman, Scriven, Hampton, Wilson, and Fryar. (Source: CCSO)

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Five people have been arrested in connection with the gang-related shooting which claimed the life of an innocent woman in Colleton County last week.

According to Ted Stanfield, spokesman for the Colleton County Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested 28-year-old Brandon Allen Bowman,  28-year-old Carl Crandell Scriven, 28-year-old Deon Hampton, 29-year-old Jason Charles Wilson, and 24-year-old Reginald Shontez Fryar.

Along with those arrests, the two vehicles believed to be involved in the Westside Lane shooting have also been recovered, one of which was torched.

All five suspects are charged with attempted murder, with Fryar facing four counts of that charge.  Bowman and Scriven are also charged with third-degree arson and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Hampton is the suspect who showed up at the hospital with gunshot wounds shortly after the incident.

According to Sheriff Andy Strickland, those charges only reflect the shots exchanged from the two vehicles which passed each other on Westside Lane.  Strickland said murder charges would be sought in connection with 34-year-old Rebecca Dewitt's death.

Dewitt a mother of three, was sitting in her car in her driveway last Tuesday when she was struck once by a bullet. Stanfield said Dewitt had just pulled up after returning from the store with her two daughters, son and two friends.

"We have dedicated many man hours and efforts in identifying the individuals responsible for this senseless crime and will be relentless in our investigation and bringing them to justice" said Sheriff Strickland.

Strickland also said the solicitor's office has been kept aware of the developments in the case and have been assisting with the investigation.  Last week, Strickland referred to the shooting as gang-related, saying the incident stemmed from "territorial issues" between two groups of people.

All five suspects are being held in the Colleton County Detention Center after being denied bond over the weekend.

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