Clarendon County Sheriff announces arrests made in connection with drive-by shooting at a graduation party

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Clarendon County Sheriff Tim Baxley held a press conference Tuesday to provide an update on the investigation into a drive-by shooting at a graduation party earlier this month. Sheriff Baxley says four suspects are in custody in connection with this shooting

Officials say 18-year-old Amontae Devon Wright, 19-year-old Jaheim Sylvester Billie and 21-year-old Tyrese Amante Brunson are all charged with one count of murder, eight counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and one count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime. According to officials, the fourth suspect wanted in connection with this shooting turned himself in after the press conference. Authorities say 21-year-old Demadrae Isaiah Dennis will face the same charges as the three previously arrested.

Authorities say the incident took place around 11:05 p.m., when dispatch received multiple calls regarding a drive-by shooting in the 4100 block of St. Paul Road in the Summerton area.

Although it was originally reported that eight people had been shot, Sheriff Baxley said Tuesday that the number is now nine. The sheriff said this ninth shooting victim, a 17-year-old, did not come forward until June 6, fearing they would get in trouble because they were not supposed to be at the party. They were treated and later released.

Sheriff Baxley says the rest of the shooting victims were a 12-year-old, a 13-year-old, a 14-year-old, two 15-year-olds, a 17-year-old, a 36-year-old and a 32-year-old who passed away the day after the shooting. Authorities identified the woman who died as Adrionna “Tu Tu” Kind.

Authorities say they believe the shooting was gang-related.

Sheriff Baxley stressed that the investigation is not over, and it will continue.

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