Teen attempted to frame man, shot 2 innocent bystanders
SUMTER, S.C. (WACH)-- One Sumter man has been charged in connection with a Friday shooting that left two apartment workers with lifelong injuries.
Andrew Jeremiah Tiller, 18, was charged Monday after admitting he shot two maintenance workers at the Harmony Court apartments as part of an armed robbery scheme in order to frame a man in retaliation for something he did to him.
According to reports, Tiller tried unsuccessfully to lure a local peddler near the apartments before driving a short distance to the apartment complex. Two maintenance men that worked at the complex were outside reviewing their work orders at about about 11 a.m. when a dark colored Dodge Charger pulled up in the parking lot. A masked man then got out of the Charger, demanded money and began firing a handgun before the victims were able to respond.
Officers were able to locate the vehicle and link Tiller to the shooting some time later.
One of the victims, a 56-year-old man, suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body that is considered inoperable after a bullet lodged near his spine. The second victim was a 51-year-old man who remains in a Columbia hospital, but is expected to be released soon. He suffered a gunshot wound which left a bullet fragment near his heart.
Tiller is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of attempted armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
He was released Tuesday from the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on a $37,500 surety bond.
Tiller is required to wear an ankle monitor during his release.
The two maintenance workers are described as hard workers and are well-liked in the Harmony Court Community. Neither of the men had any involvement with Tiller of the man he intended to frame.