Man charged in shooting death | Crime | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 16, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 16, 2016 at 5:39 pm
Investigators with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a Charleston resident in the shooting death of a Walterboro man on Oct. 15 in Adams Run.
Wayne Keith Bennett, 26, of Walterboro was pronounced dead at the trauma unit of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston after he was shot on Willtown Road in Adams Run.
Charleston County detectives arrested Robert Henry Campbell Jr., 41, of Charleston on charges of murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a violence crime on Tuesday morning.
Members of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office were sent to the 8300 block of Willtown Road shortly after 6 p.m. on Oct. 15 to investigate a report of gunfire.
As they were traveling to Willtown Road, dispatchers reported that a private vehicle transporting Bennett had arrived at the St. Paul Fire Department station on Highway 162.
Deputies split up — some continuing on to Willtown Road and others racing to the fire station.
At the fire station, they found Bennett lying in the bed of a pickup truck driven by a 30-year-old Walterboro man. The man told deputies that he removed Bennett from his vehicle, placed him in the bed of his pickup and drove him to the fire station.
Paramedics based at the station transported Bennett to MUSC’s trauma center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
The deputies arriving on Willtown Road found Bennett’s pickup truck off the roadway, where it had struck several mailboxes and stopped after hitting a tree. The truck was still in gear with the engine running.
The rear of the truck had several bullet holes, and one of the bullets shattered the rear window of the truck and struck Bennett in the head. Deputies also found several shell casings in the roadway.
A witness reportedly told investigators that Campbell was seen shooting at Bennett’s truck as it attempted to leave the scene. The incident reportedly followed a drag race.
In the days following the shooting, members of the sheriff’s office reportedly received additional tips that also pointed to Campbell as the shooter. Investigators interviewed Campbell on Oct. 20 and he reportedly confirmed that he was at the location during the incident.