Teen shooting suspect turns self in to Florence Police

Demetrious Sparks (Source: Florence County Detention Center)
Demetrious Sparks (Source: Florence County Detention Center)
Cornelius Samuel Cade (Source: Florence County Detention Center)
Cornelius Samuel Cade (Source: Florence County Detention Center)
Travis Michael Coward (Source: Florence County Detention Center)
Travis Michael Coward (Source: Florence County Detention Center)

Florence, SC - FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A 17-year-old believed to be tied to a June 8 shooting on South Dargan Street in Florence has turned himself into police.

Maj. Carlos Raines, spokesman for the Florence Police Department, said Demetrious Sparks, 17, of Florence, surrendered to authorities Saturday around 11 p.m.

Sparks now faces two counts of attempted murder and one count of conspiracy in the shooting incident that occurred at 708 S. Dargan Street. Witnesses told police a car pulled up to the address around 9 p.m. and fired shots.

A bullet grazed the face of a female victim, while a second bullet struck the side of a 17-year-old male. The male underwent surgery shortly after the shooting, but investigators have not made his condition or identity public.

Florence Police say they found the vehicle involved in the incident and arrested a 16-year-old who was involved. The teen, according to authorities, was taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia. He was arraigned on two counts of attempted murder and one count of criminal conspiracy.

Investigators have also issued arrest warrants for Cornelius Samuel Cade and Travis Michael Coward, both of Florence. The duo is wanted on two counts of attempted murder and one count of criminal conspiracy.

Sparks also faces a previous assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature charge, in addition to a charge for presenting a firearm. The charges stem from an incident on June 5 at the Mt. Zion Apartments where police say Sparks pulled a gun on a victim after asking for a cigarette.

Raines said Sparks later returned to the incident location with a group of men who approached the victim, threatened him and proceeded to beat him up.

Sparks is currently being held at the Florence County Detention Center.

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