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An Orangeburg man is accused of shooting at another man and then punching him.

Clifford Lapaul Profit, 35, of 135 Melvin Road, is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon by a person unlawful.

An Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office warrant accuses Profit of shooting at a man while he was walking down Country Colony Road in Orangeburg on July 18.

Profit “pointed the gun in his face and punched him,” the warrant alleges.

It goes on to say that Profit “appeared to be intoxicated and fell after he punched the victim.”

After the incident, the victim ran and two unknown subjects grabbed Profit and left the scene, the warrant states.

A deputy interviewed the victim on July 20 at the Regional Medical Center.

He told the deputy that the incident began at 3 p.m. on July 18.

He was walking from a family member’s home on Country Colony Road when he heard someone yell at him.

When he turned around, he saw Profit standing in a yard with a pistol in his hand, according to the incident report.

Profit allegedly began firing the gun at him

He said Profit then ran up to him and “put the gun to his head and then punched him in the face.”

The victim fled the scene and Profit sped off in a purple Crown Victoria, the report notes.

Court records show that Profit was out on bond on the following charges from March: possession of a firearm by a person unlawful, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent felony, second or subsequent offense of failure to stop for blue light, possession of scheduled drugs and two counts of possession with intent to distribute scheduled drugs.

According to online records of the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, Profit was convicted in 2016 of assault and battery with intent to kill. His supervised release was set to end on July 7.

An Orangeburg County magistrate denied him bond on the attempted murder charge on Tuesday afternoon.

If convicted of attempted murder, Profit faces up to 30 years in prison.

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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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