A 22-year-old Bowman man is accused of shooting into a car and trying to kill three passengers.
Edrick Lamont Willis of 325 Canal Road is facing three charges of attempted murder.
Investigators allege he shot into a vehicle that contained his girlfriend and three of her relatives at around 10 p.m. on Mother’s Day. His girlfriend doesn’t want to press charges, her father said.
Willis appeared before Orangeburg County Magistrate Peggy Doremus on Wednesday afternoon.
Doremus would not set bond on the man, saying she believes “he is a great danger to the community.”
Jeffery Scott Sr., father of three of the vehicle’s occupants and uncle to the other, addressed the court on Wednesday.
“He maliciously shot into a car with four individuals and we could’ve easily been planning four funerals this week,” Scott said.
Scott said Willis “has been a menace” to his family.
“I’ve never hated him, but I dislike him and his ways,” he added.
Scott said, “I felt like if he had any remorse after this happened, he would’ve immediately turned himself in.”
Scott said Willis didn’t turn himself in until Wednesday.
“He has disrupted a whole family,” Scott said.
Scott said Willis dates his daughter.
An Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report states that Willis was driving Scott’s daughter and her relatives on Mother’s Day. She asked him to pull over because he was allegedly “swerving all over the highway, possibly intoxicated.”
Willis pulled his Nissan Altima into the parking lot of Trumps Inn motel at 1846 Five Chop Road in Orangeburg.
At that point, Scott’s daughter got into the driver’s seat and she and Willis engaged in a verbal altercation, the report said.
Before she could drive away, Willis allegedly began firing multiple rounds from a pistol at the vehicle.
One of the victims told deputies they heard six shots.
Deputies attempted to speak with Scott’s daughter. She was uncooperative, an incident report states.
The driver’s side window was shattered. Deputies observed three bullet holes in the driver’s side door and one bullet hole in the left rear passenger door.
Scott’s daughter decided she did not want to press charges against Willis, according to Scott.
Johnny Watson, the private attorney who’s representing Willis in the case, told the court that Willis completed the 11th grade at Bethune-Bowman High School and has been employed for the past six months.
Watson said the victims and Willis were all in the same car and that they’d all been drinking.
If convicted of attempted murder, Willis faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for each charge.