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“This investigation is far from complete,” Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Director Mike Adams says of the deadly shootout in the parking lot of Cook Out restaurant on Feb. 24.

Two suspects are facing one murder charge each and a pair each of attempted murder.

Second teen charged in fatal shootout; warrants offer more details on Cook Out incident

The incident, which took place at 725 John C. Calhoun Drive, just after 9 p.m., resulted in the death of 17-year-old Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School senior Raquan Middleton.

A 15-year-old was also injured.

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“We believe in being as thorough as we can in a homicide investigation simply because the stakes are so high,” Adams said. “You have another human being who’s been killed, but on the flip side of that is there is the perception that we have some opposing groups in Orangeburg that are engaged in mutual combat.”

Adams said chief investigators “don’t feel like they’re halfway through with this investigation.”

Warrants say that Middleton was a passenger in a 2000 silver Mercedes driven by Daniel Wesley Ryant II, 18, of 132 Kemmerlin Road, along with passenger Trequan Tyreke Stokes, 18, of 219 George St.

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Stokes’ warrants allege he and Middleton “exited that vehicle they were in while armed with handguns and approached another vehicle occupied by victims.”

Ryant’s warrants allege a passenger in the vehicle requested him to drive it to Cook Out to confront the occupants in a Hyundai Sonata.

Ryant “parked in front of the Hyundai, blocking it in,” his warrants state.

That’s when Stokes and Middleton allegedly opened fire.

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This week, Adams said, “We believe, at this point, that the fatal shot came from (someone) in the Hyundai out and struck Middleton.”

At three months in to 2019, the city’s homicide rate is double what it was in 2018.

Last year, there was one homicide in the City of Orangeburg.

So far this year, there have been two homicides in the city. The two cases are unrelated.

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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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