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Arrest made in Monday shooting at Woodcreek Apartments

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Shaw: Investigators link second incident to Sunday shooting on 12th Street

By Chris Sardelli

An investigation into two possibly related shootings this week, including one that injured a 20-year-old man, led to the arrest of a Lancaster man about 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. 

Markivious D. Samuel, 22, 1344 Locustwood Ave., was charged with three counts of attempted murder in connection with a shooting near the Woodcreek Apartment complex Monday night, Aug. 18, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

Samuel was already out on bond for a number of charges including attempted murder, three weapons violations, armed robbery, and failure to stop for blue light and siren, the release said. 

Samuel was also wanted by the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.  

“It’s good to get Samuel in custody so quickly. However, we are continuing to investigate and will not stop until we have located all of the individuals involved in this incident,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. 

It is unknown if any further charges are pending against Samuel from either shooting incident. 

The incident Samuel is charged in connection with was the second shooting authorities responded to this week within a 24-hour period. 

Deputies learned of the first shooting after being called to Springs Memorial Hospital emergency room about a shooting victim who was brought in sometime after 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, according to the press release. 

The investigation led deputies to the 900 block of 12th Street where they noticed signs of a disturbance. Witnesses near the scene reported seeing an unknown person shoot at a group of people, one of whom was the victim taken to the hospital, the release said. 

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said Wednesday the victim is recovering from his injuries, though investigators are still searching for details about the shooting. 

“We know there were a group of people together when an unknown subject began shooting at the group. One man was shot and he suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was carried to the hospital in a personal vehicle,” Shaw said. 

Shaw said investigators are also looking into a second shooting which happened at about 10:15 p.m. Monday in the area of Woodcreek Apartments on Meeting Street. 

It was reported to deputies that two unknown black men began shooting at a car full of people in the apartment complex parking lot, the release said. 

The driver tried to get away, though he ended up running into several parked cars in the parking lot, the release said. 

Despite bullets also striking several nearby apartments, there were no injuries in the shooting. 

It was unknown Wednesday how many people were inside the car that was shot at. 

A team of criminal and crime scene investigators responded to both scenes and began looking into possible connections. An earlier press release sent Wednesday mentioned that investigators had identified a person of interest in the case, though it’s unknown if that person is Samuel or if anyone else has been linked to the shootings. 

“We believe these incidents are related. We are working these incidents together,” Shaw said. “Right now, we are in the early stages of it, but we are getting a lot of the ‘nobody saw anything’ syndrome.”

Though the two shootings may be related, Shaw said there was no evidence tying the shootings to any other crimes in the county.

“As far as it being connected to anything else, no we don’t think so right now,” he said. 

Sheriff Barry Faile denounced the shootings and asked for community help to track down those responsible. 

“The individuals involved in these incidents obviously have no regard of the life and safety of other people,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “We are working diligently to get those responsible off of the street. We would also like to encourage anyone with information about these incidents to come forward.”

The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information about those responsible for the shootings to call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-3388 or contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime SC (1-888-274-6372). You can also e-mail or text your anonymous tip at: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com.

On Wednesday afternoon, Samuel remained jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. 

 

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416