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Warrants issued for shooting suspect

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Grant: Samuel considered as ‘armed and dangerous’

By Chris Sardelli

Warrants have been issued in the hunt for a Lancaster man wanted in connection with the shooting of another man in both his legs Tuesday, June 4. 

Authorities are searching for Markevious Demond Samuel, 21, 1344 Locustwood Ave., after a 43-year-old Lancaster man was rushed to a hospital with shotgun wounds to both legs, said Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant. 

In a press release issued Thursday morning, Grant said Samuel was identified as the shooter during an investigation. He is charged with attempted murder and possession of a pistol during the commission of a violent crime. 

“Samuel should be considered armed and dangerous,” Grant said. 

Police responded to the area of Gay and Ferguson streets just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday after a report of a shooting, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

As an officer arrived on the scene, he was flagged down by a man who said he was sitting across from the Greater New Hopei Soup Kitchen when he heard two gun shots and then saw a man running away. 

Officers also learned the victim ran inside the Faith, Hope and Victory Christian Church on Gregory Street after the shooting, the report said. 

A church employee told officers he heard a man come through the back door yelling “Rev,” as he was looking for the church’s pastor.  

The employee saw the victim limping and noticed he had been shot, the report said. 

“Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim had left the area and was transported to Springs Memorial Hospital by privately owned vehicle,” Grant said Thursday. 

The victim was later taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for further treatment of non-life-threatening wounds to his legs. 

Grant said the victim was released from CMC on Wednesday, June 5. 

Several detectives canvassed the crime scene shortly after the shooting and searched it for evidence, the report said.  

Anyone with information about the location of Samuel is asked to call the Lancaster Police Department at (803) 203-1171 or the department’s anonymous tip line at (803) 289-6040. 

Previous shooting incident in 2009

Samuel’s first serious run-in with local officers was during a shooting incident and subsequent arrest on July 24, 2009.

Samuel, then 17 years old, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, carrying a handgun, possession of a firearm by a person under 18, discharging a firearm in the city and two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill, according to a 2009 police incident report.

In that case, a 20-year-old man told officers he drove himself and two other men to the 800 block of Clinton Avenue Extension because they were bringing a CD to someone there.

Two men waited in the car while a third man went into a house. As they waited, Samuel approached the car and began shooting at them, the report said. 

The 20-year-old drove the car away from the house and told his mother, who called 911. No one was injured in the shooting. 

Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots, saw Samuel carrying a pistol and said he ran into nearby woods, the report said. 

Later that day, Samuel went to the police department to ask if he had any outstanding arrest warrants, though he denied shooting at anyone, the report said. He was then arrested

Samuel later pleaded guilty to unlawful carrying of a pistol and three counts of discharging a firearm into a dwelling.

Solicitors decided to drop two charges of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to case records on the S.C. Judicial Department online database.

Samuel received a six-year sentence and three years probation under terms of the South Carolina’s Youthful Offender Act (YOA). 

While criminal offenders age 25 and older who are sentenced are typically housed in general population within the S.C. Department of Corrections system, that is not the case for those sentenced under the YOA. 

Offenders between the ages of 17 and 25 are instead taken to a youthful offender facility to serve sentences. 

It was unknown Thursday, June 6, how much of the sentence Samuel served or if the sentence was suspended. 

Other charges

According to the judicial department database, Samuel is listed as a defendant in several other criminal cases. 

Samuel was found guilty in a 2010 bench trial of simple assault and battery stemming from an October 2009 arrest, per judicial records. He received credit for time served in jail. 

In March 2012, he was arrested on charges of distributing crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine within proximity of a school, as part of a sweep called Operation Spring Cleaning conducted by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and Lancaster Police Department. Those two charges are still pending, per judicial records. 

On April 9, 2013, he was found guilty in a bench trial on the charge of malicious injury to animals/personal property, $2,000 or less. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail or a fine, per court records. Samuel also has a pending charge of failure to stop for a blue light, first offense, stemming from a Jan. 23, 2013, arrest. 

 

 Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416