An Orangeburg man is accused of firing multiple gunshots into a crowded apartment complex, injuring a juvenile, Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced on Thursday.
“This shooting came just days after we committed the manpower and resources for a four-day crime suppression effort in Roosevelt Gardens,” Ravenell said. “If these individuals thought we were through, they have another thing coming.”
Devario Malik Jamison, 26, has been charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature in connection with Sunday’s shooting at the Magnolia Street apartment complex.
During Thursday’s court hearing, bond was set on the Orangeburg man at $30,000 surety.
Ravenell told the court there was more to the story than an isolated shooting incident. There was a disregard for every resident – man, woman and child – in Roosevelt Gardens, he said.
“This wasn’t just a close-up shooting,” Ravenell said. “This was shooting randomly across a parking lot – a total disregard for the people of Roosevelt Gardens.”
Multiple residents called 911 around 1:30 p.m. Sunday saying several shots had been fired on Judicial Circle inside the complex.
One witness said at least 13 shots were fired. Investigators located 15 spent shell casings, according to the report.
Four residents reported their vehicles were shot, some several times. Investigators discovered a fifth vehicle that had been struck as well.
Investigators later learned that a juvenile had been taken to the hospital to be treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the arm.
Ravenell said the shooting came just days after the sheriff’s office concluded an intensive crime suppression effort at Roosevelt Gardens.
“We had been there just days before for crime suppression,” he told the court. “We had kids come out because we were there. They won’t come out to play because these guys come and are shooting.”
The effort was in response to residents’ complaints of shots being fired, gang and drug activity, loitering and break-ins.
“Some of these people said they are afraid even when they take their children to a bus stop,” Ravenell said later. “This is going to stop. No one who isn’t breaking the law should be in fear.”
During the crime suppression effort, five individuals were arrested on charges that included unlawful carrying of a weapon, possession of marijuana, loitering and violations involving driver’s licenses.
“And then this shooting happens as if the criminal element thought we were finished with the area,” the sheriff said. “I got news for you – we are not finished.”
Ravenell said another suppression team will be in the area this week.