BENNETTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - The Bennettsville Police Department made an arrest in connection to a fatal shooting at a dance that left one man dead Sunday.
According to Bennettsville PD, DeAundre Malachi,19, has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during commission of violent crime after one of the shots he fired killed Muhammad Azziz Abdullah Johnson, 29, of Bennettsville.
Bennettsville Police Department responded to the shooting at a building referred to as "Old Marlboro School," on King Street, however, the building is not owned by the school district. When law enforcement arrived, Johnson was shot once in the upper part of the body.
According to Lt. Larry Turner of Bennettsville PD, Johnson died early Sunday morning, at around 12:41 a.m., in the Marlboro Park Emergency Room. An autopsy has been scheduled for Johnson at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Police say the motive for the crime is gang-related. According to police, Blood and Crip gang members began flashing gang signs when a song came on at the dance, and a physical altercation that Johnson was involved in began inside. Malachi was not involved in that altercation.
Investigators found different shell casings for several different weapons outside the building. The weapon that Malachi had has not been located but he turned himself in, Tuesday morning. Malachi is being detained at Marlboro County Detention Center.
Police say Malachi could have a bond hearing next week in Dillon for the cases in Marlboro County.
Items have been collected as evidence and will be submitted to SLED.
Malachi is also being charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime for a shooting inside a home on January 13.