ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -
Investigators say two men who were shooting at the driver of a car, hit and killed a 31-year-old woman who was a passenger in the vehicle.
The Orangeburg County Coroner's Office says Kathy Mack died following a shooting in the Santee area on Thursday.
The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office charged 18-year-old Deshaun Jamel Fordham and 21-year-old Donte Jarod Stokes with murder and attempted murder. Jerry Jarell McKnight, 18, was charged with attempted murder. Demetric Deontre Quattlebaum, 18, was also charged in the incident with accessory before the fact to a felony.
It all started when investigators say one of the suspects saw the 37-year-old male victim, whom he had an ongoing disagreement with, cashing a check at a local store. According to investigators, as the male victim left the store, Fordham and Stokes opened fire on his vehicle in the roadway of Highway 6 near Live Oak Church striking Mack.
The male victim was able to drive away, notify law enforcement and provide a description of the suspects' vehicle.
Authorities then saturated the area and were able to determine possible exit routes for the suspects. An investigator then spotted the suspect's vehicle traveling towards Orangeburg on Highway 301.
The sheriff's office says that within an hour of the shooting, the suspects were detained and being questioned.
"We believe we have recovered the weapons used during the shooting and they are currently being processed," Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said."These officers worked throughout the night to determine the incident location and the actual timeline of events, locate forensic evidence at the scene and in the vehicle and to charge three suspects with murder and one with accessory."
"The number of violent crimes that have taken place in Orangeburg County in unacceptable," Ravenell said."Although our agency has made an arrest in every murder investigation, enough is enough! I want to be very clear - if you commit a crime in Orangeburg County, we are coming after you with everything we have! And after we lock you up, Solicitor David Pascoe and his team are going to make sure you go to jail for a long time!"
A bond hearing for Quattelbaum is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Friday Arraignment for McKnight, Fordham and Stokes will be Monday at 2:30 p.m.
Fordham and Stokes were also charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
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