A Cordova man has been charged in a January shooting incident that sent a man to the hospital, Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced Monday.

“We’re still working on a motive in this case, but there’s nothing that justifies shooting someone who was just walking into a store,” Ravenell said. “No disagreement, argument or difference of opinion is worth risking someone’s life.”

Raynard Ballen II, 30, has been charged with attempted murder.

The Robinson Road man’s charge stems from a Jan. 31 incident that took place at a convenience store on St. Matthews Road.

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigators were called to the store just before 5 a.m. after receiving reports of a shooting incident.

The victim told investigators he was outside in the parking lot when two men in a vehicle “rolled up on him and shot him,” according to the report.

Witnesses inside the business said that when they heard gunfire, they looked outside.

They said they did not see the victim immediately after the shooting, but later discovered him on the ground.

Bond was set on Ballen at $45,000 cash or surety during a hearing on Monday.

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