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Daughter: RMC shooting victim on life support; suspect remaining in jail without bond

From the Complete coverage of the shooting at the Regional Medical Center series
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The Regional Medical Center employee shot Wednesday morning is on life support, his daughter said.

“He’s currently in critical care. He has been on life support since yesterday morning. He has shown signs this afternoon of improvement but he’s in critical care,” she said during a Thursday court hearing.

“We don’t know if he’s going to pull through because even if he pulls through the immediate issues he’s having, it’s going to be a long, hard battle. He’s a fairly old guy,” she said.

“He’s the centerpiece of our family and he’s pretty much the centerpiece of the RMC family,” she said.

“It was just wrong what happened yesterday, completely unnecessary,” she added.

The daughter spoke during a bond hearing for the man accused of shooting her father: Abrian Dayquan Sabb, 23, of Casa Court. Bond was denied and Sabb remains in jail.

Sabb is facing charges of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in the Wednesday morning shooting incident at RMC.

Sabb is also facing charges of first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connect with an incident earlier Wednesday.

During Thursday’s hearing, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office investigator Marty Carrigg said, “This victim was in a place that he works and I’ve been there, as many law enforcement officers have been over the years, we’ve always seen him in there. He’s always doing his job. He’s a really nice guy and he didn’t deserve this at all.”

“This is the kind of incident we see happen all around the nation. We never thought it would happen here, but yesterday it did happen and we hope it never does again,” Carrigg said.

“This gentleman shouldn’t be fighting for his life. He’s in the business of saving lives,” he added.

Carrigg noted that Sabb’s only criminal conviction is breach of peace, non-aggravated in nature. According to court records, the offense happened in Georgetown County.

Sabb pleaded guilty on Dec. 12, 2018 to the offense, which happened on Feb. 20, 2017.

He was originally charged with breach of peace, aggravated in nature.

A judge ordered him to pay a $100 fine.

Victim’s advocate Chandra McPherson said the 66-year-old shooting victim, “was in his place of work doing what he does and what he loves to do, which is helping people. As a result of this heinous act, he now had to undergo different medical procedures as a result of the injury from this alleged incident.”

McPherson and Carrigg asked Dash to deny Sabb’s bond.

“We are asking that you take into consideration that his family now has to go through this process that nobody was looking for, nobody was anticipating and it has definitely invoked a level of concern, care but also a level of fear that you’re doing what you do every day and this is what you have to encounter,” she said.

Dash agreed that Sabb poses a danger to the public.

If convicted, Sabb faces a minimum of 15 years to a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Complete coverage of the shooting at the Regional Medical Center

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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