Police believe drive-by shootings in Bennettsville may be retaliation for teen’s death

Police believe drive-by shootings in Bennettsville may be retaliation for teen’s death

BENNETTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – Two drive-by shootings were reported within an hour of each other at the same home in Bennettsville Tuesday night, one day after three adults and two juveniles were arrested for a drive-by shooting on the same street. Police believe these shootings may be in retaliation to the fatal shooting of a teenager back in March.

At about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, Bennettsville Police officers responded to a drive-by shooting at a home on Moore Street, according to Lt. Larry Turner. The home was not hit, and officers did not find any shell casings.

About 26 minutes later, another drive-by shooting occurred at the same location, Lt. Turner said. The suspect or suspects rode by and shot at a woman who was sitting outside in a vehicle. The vehicle was struck by bullets, but the woman was not.

No suspects have been arrested in these drive-by shootings, Lt. Turner said, and at this time, they do not have any leads on possible suspects. These mark the sixth drive-by shootings at this residence since July.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on these shootings to contact Bennettsville Police.

On Monday, November 21, officers responded to complaints of a gun discharge on Moore Street from a car into a home. After a traffic stop, officers recovered a weapon, and arrested three adults and two juveniles. Anais Ross and Jermaine Malachi were charged with criminal conspiracy and accessory before and after the fact of a felony. Jahkeem Bethea was charged with criminal conspiracy, unlawful carrying of a pistol, and discharging a firearm into a dwelling.

Lt. Turner said it is believed these incidents stem from the fatal shooting of a teenager in March on Spencer Street. The house on Moore Street where the recent shootings occurred is the home of the suspect charged with murder in the Spencer Street shooting, who is currently out on bond, Lt. Turner said.

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