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Orangeburg woman charged with murder in death of Benedict student
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Orangeburg woman charged with murder in death of Benedict student

Orangeburg woman not facing murder charge; investigation continues into shooting death

An Orangeburg woman is accused of shooting into a crowd, ultimately leading to the death a 20-year-old Benedict College student.

Benedict student killed at Orangeburg party; investigation continues into shooting

Amber Marie Green, 25, of 736 Webster St., is charged with murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

A warrant alleges Green, “discharged a handgun in the direct vicinity of a large crowd, setting off a chain of events to include more gunfire from members of the crowd. This action led to victim Donovan Smalls being struck in the head with a bullet which caused his death.”

One person dead, one injured in shooting in Orangeburg

A 21-year-old female Claflin University student received treatment for a gunshot wound to the chest, according to a heavily redacted incident report.

The warrant alleges the surviving victim identified Green the person who allegedly fired into the crowd after an altercation.

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety officers first responded to 281 Summers Ave. at 2:15 a.m. on April 14 following a report of “loud music and a party getting out of hand.”

A second caller reported hearing fireworks.

A third caller reported there was a shooting and that a man, later identified as Smalls, was down, according to the incident report.

Officers arrived at the scene as multiple callers phoned 911 to report the incident.

If Green is convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. She remains in jail without bond being set.

The incident remains under investigation.

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