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Darlington police react to shooting, acts of gun violence

Kendrick Edwards (Source: Darlington Police Department) Kendrick Edwards (Source: Darlington Police Department)
A shooting occured early Saturday morning at Brockington Heights Apartments. (Source: Audrey Biesk) A shooting occured early Saturday morning at Brockington Heights Apartments. (Source: Audrey Biesk)

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - An 18-year-old suspect is still on the loose after police said he shot one man outside an apartment complex in Darlington on Saturday around 2 a.m.

Kendrick Tafari Edwards is considered armed and dangerous after he fled the scene at Brockington Heights Apartments. 

Darlington Police Chief Danny Watson said there is a deeper issue with shootings like this one. It involves people who are illegally carrying a gun, and even those who aren’t properly trained to have one.

“A gun is no different than this ink pen," he said. "It’s a tool, that’s it. It can be used to write something good or write something bad, just like that firearm can be used to do what that person bought it for, target shooting, or hunt and then someone can pick up that same firearm I purchased to target shoot and kill someone."

Darlington police said investigators got to Brockington Heights Apartments after a call came in about the two men arguing. When police got there, Edwards reportedly had already ran away and the victim was lying on the ground.

EMS arrived and the victim is in serious condition at the hospital. 

Watson said the shooting is an example of when someone underage has a gun when they shouldn’t.

“It's very impulsive, a lack of self-control," he said. "People that don’t have good control of themselves or good control of their tempers shouldn’t be walking around with a gun in their pocket.”

Darlington police have arrested and charged Edwards three times in the past year for gun-related activity. He was released from the Department of Corrections over one year ago. 

Watson said most law enforcement agencies aren’t necessarily against people having guns, but stressed the problem is sometimes the people that have guns are irresponsible and so impulsive that instead of letting cooler heads prevail, they reach for that firearm and think it’s the right thing to do.

He added shootings are happening far too often. In this situation, no one else in the apartment complex was hurt. 

“There will be a consequence for what happened and he’s the one that will address living with that,” Watson said.

Anyone with information as to the suspect's whereabouts is asked to call Darlington police at (843) 398-4026.

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