An Orangeburg man is accused of shooting a man during a dispute about turtles, according to a Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Antoine Dwayne Anderson, 46, of 1845 Kennerly Road, is facing charges of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and obstructing justice.
The shooting took place on Nov. 12 around 9:30 p.m. just outside of Anderson’s home, the incident report said.
Anderson told deputies he’d accused the man of stealing his pet turtles.
The 58-year-old Columbia man was upset when he arrived at Anderson’s home, Anderson said.
The two of them argued outside and then a physical altercation ensued, the report states.
Anderson allegedly told deputies that he went inside of his home, retrieved a firearm and shot the Columbia man.
Deputies claim Anderson told them he was aiming for the Columbia man’s hip.
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The bullet struck the man’s left arm and exited his chest.
Anderson allegedly told deputies, “I was not trying to kill him. I tried to shoot him in the hip and I aimed too high.”
Anderson allegedly told deputies that he fled the shooting scene initially so he could toss two firearms in Sweetwater Lake.
He told deputies he’s a convicted felon.
Deputies weren’t able to locate the firearms.
Calhoun County EMS transported the injured man to Lexington Medical Center.
Calhoun County Magistrate Cassandra Keller set Anderson’s bond at $95,000 cash or surety on Nov. 13.
If convicted, Anderson faces up to 30 years in prison.
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