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Men accused in Orangeburg shooting incidents

Men accused in Orangeburg shooting incidents

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Orangeburg Department of Public Safety

A Rowesville man is accused of shooting into a home, while an Orangeburg man is accused of shooting into a vehicle, according to an ODPS report and warrants.

Melvin Thomas Thomas Jr., 39, of 125 Gaither Road, Rowesville, is charged with discharging a firearm into a dwelling.

Lavincent Felder, 19, of 130 Lakeview Drive is charged with discharging a firearm into a vehicle.

No one was injured during the shootings.

Felder’s mother reported someone shot into her home around 2:25 p.m. Sunday. The woman and witnesses identified Thomas as the shooter.

After the shooting, Felder allegedly shot at Thomas’ truck. Thomas and a woman were inside.

A warrant claims Felder admitted shooting at the truck three to four times.

Felder’s mother said he and Thomas had a disagreement the day before.

A municipal judge released Felder and Thomas on public recognizance bonds.

If the men are convicted of their charges, each faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $1,000.

In an unrelated report, someone stole $1,600 in cash and a Sony Playstation 4 from a Club Acres home around 10 a.m. Friday.

The value of the stolen items is $2,000.

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office

A 20-year-old Eutawville man is recovering after a 13-year-old allegedly shot him in the abdomen with a BB gun on Saturday just before 2 a.m., according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

In unrelated reports:

• An Ataria Street, Orangeburg man reported that a male neighbor shot at him twice with a black firearm around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

He said the neighbor also pointed the weapon to his head and punched him.

• The following items were stolen from a Cook Road residence just before 1 p.m. Friday in North: four hats, 20 shoes, 30 articles of clothing and one window air conditioning unit.

The value of the stolen items is $1,680.

Contact the writer: or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter: @MRBrownTandD.


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