Orangeburg County investigators are seeking two gunmen they believe shot and killed a man during an argument Wednesday.
“From the security video, it looks as though two males got into a confrontation with the victim, who was in another car,” Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said in a release.
“And while this happened on the property of a church, the church nor its congregation had anything to do with this. It’s just simply where this senseless act took place,” Ravenell said.
Just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, someone called 911 to report a vehicle near Cavalry Church Road in Neeses. The caller stated the motorist suffered what appeared to be an injury to the upper body.
That injury to the 18-year-old Barnwell man was later determined to be a fatal gunshot wound, according to the report.
Witnesses told investigators that earlier they had seen the victim’s Kia on the property of nearby Lebanon United Methodist Church.
Witnesses reported a black male with long dreadlocks exited a green or blue Jeep Cherokee parked beside the Kia.
After the subject approached the vehicle, there was some type of altercation resulting in the victim speeding away before crashing into a fire hydrant across the road, the witnesses claimed.
Security video provided by members of the church shows the scenario described by the witnesses, according to the sheriff's office.
The name of the shooting victim has not yet been released.
If anyone has any information on the fatal shooting or the two gunmen in the blue/green Jeep, they are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
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