Investigators arrest man accused of firing shots into downtown Charleston apartment

Published: Sep. 11, 2014 at 12:09 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2014 at 7:18 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators with the Charleston Police Department have arrested a 28-year-old man accused of firing several shots into an apartment in downtown Charleston.

Police charged Deangelo Montez Simmons with two counts of first-degree assault and battery and possession of a stolen handgun.

On Wednesday at 7:33 p.m., officers responded to the 600 block of East Bay Street after Officer David Rehyer, who was on patrol duty, reported that he saw a man fire a gun several times into an apartment.

According to police, there were about eight people who were either inside or around the apartment during the incident; authorities reported that there were no injuries from the shooting.

Police say after the suspect fired his weapon, he ran west on Reid Street.

A victim said prior to the shooting, he and two other victims were walking towards the apartment complex when he noticed three men directly behind them and apparently following them and "acting suspicious."

Police say the three victims then rushed into the apartment for fear that the men were attempting to cause harm to them.

According to investigators, during this time, another victim was approaching the rear of the apartment with his two young children to retrieve his children's shoes.

The victim said when he heard shots ring out near the front of the apartment, he and his two children jumped into the apartment through the rear door.

A witness also told police that she was standing behind the apartments when she felt a bullet pass her after hearing the gun shots being fired.The witness told police she then saw a man with black clothing running towards her direction.

Following the report of shots fired, an officer and K-9 unit responded to the area to track the suspect and search for evidence.

Officers located two black shirts, and a black Glock 17 handgun. Police and the K-9 unit located the suspect, Simmons, near the incident location on East Bay Street.

Simmons was locked up at the Al Cannon Detention Center.

Police are continuing the investigation.

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