Four individuals, including a juvenile, are facing weapons charges after a report of gunfire Wednesday night, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.
“Our deputies pulled three weapons and some narcotics out of this one vehicle during a traffic stop immediately after the gunshots,” Ravenell said. “If these individuals think we’ll accept this type of behavior, they’ve got another thought coming.”
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Shyheim Lippman, 23, and Latavish Ulmer, 19, were each charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol.
A 16-year-old male who was not named by the sheriff’s office was taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
A fourth subject, 24-year-old Jamarious Loynes, was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol and trafficking more than 100 capsules of ecstasy.
Loynes’ bond hearing was delayed after investigators discovered he had initially identified himself to law enforcement using a relative’s name, according to the sheriff’s office.
Lippman and Ulmer were given $1,000 surety bonds during a hearing on Thursday.
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Lippman was already out on bond for two separate offenses, including a February charge in a 2018 incident in which he allegedly failed to stop for a blue light. After bonding out on that charge, he was charged in March with possession of a stolen pistol.
Around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, Orangeburg County deputies were dispatched to Corona Drive where shots were reportedly fired in the area.
Several residents in the Carrington apartment complex reported rounds striking their homes, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
As deputies converged on the area, one spotted a silver vehicle that matched a description given by the callers. That vehicle was stopped less than a mile from the apartment complex.
Deputies reported seeing several weapons inside the vehicle on the floorboard, which turned out to be two 9 mm handguns and a 9 mm Tec-9 pistol. All weapons were loaded.
A book bag removed from the vehicle contained U.S. currency and illegal narcotics, the report said.
No one inside the apartments was injured, investigators said.