"It's a turf war" Deputies searching for suspects in Newberry County shooting
The Newberry County Sheriff says gunfire between rival groups put innocent bystanders in danger. They have one suspect in custody, but the search continues for more. Deputies tell us two homes were hit with gunfire in the Brown Chapel Circle neighborhood, but no one was injured. Investigators say shortly after, a group of men involved drove away before they wrecked the car and ran away.
"What's happening is innocent people are the ones getting injured, or their property is getting shot up. They don't have anything to do with this turf war," said Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster.
Patricia is one of those innocent people. She's lived in this neighborhood for decades and says two bullets hit her house just inches from her bedroom. Fortunately, the concrete wall stopped the gunfire from going any further.
"I used to work my yard all the time at night. It's hard for me to get out here," said Patricia. "I'm so scared some innocent victim is gonna get killed."
19-year-old Rondarius Davis is behind bars without bail. He's charged with discharging a firearm into a dwelling, breach of peace, possession of a firearm during a violent crime, and kidnapping because a woman was forced to drive the getaway car against her will, according to the sheriff. Deputies are also looking for 20-year-old Jaywon Jones, who could face the same charges. Investigators say two other people were involved, but have not been identified.
"We're gonna see that they get time and if they meet the criteria, we're gonna put them in federal court and they're gonna be shipped away," said Sheriff Foster.
If anyone knows anything on the whereabouts of Jaywon Jones or the other two people involved in the shooting, you're urged to call the Newberry County Sheriff's Office at (803) 321-2222.