By HEATHER RUPPE
Authorities have made one arrest in a recent Fourth of July drive-by shooting that occurred at a Walterboro apartment complex.
The shooting happened at about 9 p.m. on July 4th at the Lincoln Apartment complex, located on Witsell Street in Walterboro. During the original shooting, there were eight people inside the apartment, including a one-year-old child.
While no one was injured in the shooting, officers located multiple bullets from the scene, including one bullet that came into a bedroom and another bullet that came into the living room of the apartment.
The victims’ vehicle was also sprayed with bullets in the parking lot of the apartment complex, according to a Walterboro Police Department incident report.
For the sake of the victims’ safety in this shooting, their ages and names will not be released.
On July 10th, officers with the Walterboro Police Department arrested 21-year-old Justin K. Dupont, of Walterboro, for his part in the shooting. Dupont is charged with attempted murder, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, malicious injury to personal property and discharging a firearm inside city limits.
His arrest was made available to the local media on July 26th.
Two other suspects in this shooting are still being sought.
These suspects are identified as Mark A. Kelly, Jr., 25, and Demonte D. Drayton, 24, both of Walterboro.
Bond information on Dupont is not known, as of press deadline on Tuesday.
However, investigators with the Walterboro Police Department say there is still no known motive in this shooting, and they are still trying to locate the other two suspects to get more clarity on what occurred in this shooting and why.
“This is still under investigation,” said Cpl. Tavara Edwards, spokesperson for the Walterboro Police Department. Because of the ongoing investigation, further details are limited.
Edwards said on Tuesday that they are unclear if this shooting is linked to other shootings that have occurred in the Lincoln Apartments in Walterboro. There have been at least two other shootings in or around that apartment complex in Walterboro this year. These are also under investigation.