ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say an out of state couple has been charged in an Orangeburg County road rage incident where a gun was fired.
The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office arrested 21-year-old Armand Shondre Bizzell of Fayetteville, NC and 30-year-old Natasha Marie Nelson of Fort Worth, Tex.
Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said both were taken into custody less than an hour after they fired at a Lexington County couple Thursday morning.
"These individuals are driving south on Interstate 95 where they felt it was acceptable behavior to shoot at someone on the roadway," the sheriff said. "We've charged them with attempted murder to show them this is completely unacceptable."
The couple's arrest stems from an incident on Thursday at 10:45 a.m. when deputies in the Santee area were notified that a shot had been fired from a blue Volkswagen traveling south on I-95.
"The Lexington County couple told deputies the Volkswagen was traveling in an erratic, dangerous manner, swerving across the interstate and nearly sideswiping their vehicle," OCSO officials said.
According to authorities, a woman in the passenger's side of the Volkswagen then fired a shot at the couple from over the suspect's vehicle.
"Deputies converging on the area within minutes of the call spotted a blue Volkswagen traveling on Bass Drive near Santee where it was stopped and three people initially detained," OCSO officials said.
A report states that the driver of the car told deputies he had fired the shot due to the victim's car swerving at him.
"However, the victims each stated they clearly saw the woman fire the shot at them," OCSO officials said.
Neither of the victims were injured.
Deputies said a loaded 9mm handgun was removed from the Volkswagen and placed in evidence.
A third person in the Volkswagen was released with the vehicle after being found to have played no part in the incident.
"If these individuals from out of state think they can come into this county and commit this type of crime, they have another thing coming," Ravenell said.
Bizzell and Nelson made an appearance at the Orangeburg County Law Enforcement Complex for a hearing Friday.
Orangeburg County Magistrate Sam Daily set bond on both Bizzell and Nelson at $50,000 surety.