21-year-old sought in Ladson double shooting

Published: Jun. 10, 2013 at 6:29 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 11, 2013 at 7:36 PM EDT
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LADSON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have identified a suspect in the double shooting which happened at the Honey Ridge Villas in Ladson on Monday.

According to the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, 21-year-old Travis Donald Fender shot a 43-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman in the stomach around 2 p.m.

Deputies arrived outside 201 Oakmont Avenue in the Honey Ridge Villas just after 2 p.m. to find the victims lying on the sidewalk in front of the apartment, receiving treatment from EMS responders. A shell casing was found on the ground nearby.

The report states both victims said "Travis and Brent Peets shot [us]." Investigators say Peets' involvement in the shooting is still under investigation.

The male victim told deputies he and the woman had come to the villas to get the rest of their belongings from 200 Oakmont, Apartment A, when the two men began to argue with the female victim before the shooting.

The victim said only one gunshot was fired, and a neighbor who called 911 told deputies the same.

The neighbor told deputies she walked outside to find the two victims holding their stomachs, and two unknown men dressed in all black, walking towards the complex's pool.

The male victim also told deputies the suspects were possibly driving a white "small cab" truck, the report states.

If you have any information regarding Fender's whereabouts, call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

Several residents have mixed feelings about the area's safety. Brittany Bell has lived in the area for three years. She says she sees some kind of police presence daily.

"Do you feel safe? No, that's actually the reason that we are moving, and where we move to we'll be getting a security system because of the uncertainty and the insecurity we feel here."

Bell says her own townhouse, around the corner from Oakmont Avenue, was broken into last year.

However, another neighbor, who says she knows one of the people shot, says she has never felt unsafe.

"There's never been any problems over here before," says resident Jessica Lowery. "I'm actually pretty surprised."

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