DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – One man has been arrested and another man is a person of interest in an incident in which shots were fired at a home on King Edwards Street Saturday afternoon, according to a news release from the Darlington Police Department.
At about 1 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to 105 King Edwards Street in reference to shots being fired into a dwelling, states a release from the department. While en route to the call, dispatch informed the officers that a witness saw the subjects reloading and shooting.
As a result of the incident, 19-year-old Darlington resident Ja'Corey Malique Miller was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm into a dwelling and discharging a firearm in city limits.
The Darlington Police Department is also looking for 20-year-old Darlington resident Edward Raquan Brown as a person of interest, the release states. The woman who lives inside the house told WMBF News her and her family were inside the house when the gun shots went through the window and is thankful no one got hurt.
The two shootings from Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon are not related, but did happen very close to one another in Darlington. Police are thanking the witnesses from both shootings who weren't afraid to call 911 and come forward with information that led to all the arrests.
"It could have been a lot worse, the cliché a bullet has no name. when you fire a weapon you don't know where that bullet is going to land. You need to be responsible, just don't do it. Don't take matters into your own hands, if you're having an issue call law enforcement, let us help you let us help you settle the problem, instead of taking things into your own hands," said Lieutenant Kimberly Nelson with DPD.
Henry Chapman talked with WMBF News who lives in Darlington and is worried about the recent crime. Chapman started his own ministry called Restoration Outreach Ministries in Darlington ten years ago. "My heart just reaches out to them, because I see they are so young."The Lord laid it on my heart about ten years ago to help young guys and let them know their purpose because when we don't know our purpose, we'll do anything with our lives. We have to know our value."
Chapman said the struggle is finding people who want the help. "It's not the gun, it's the people that have the guns. The guns don't do anything unless you use it. The guns are not bad we need to have them for protection but not the violent people having them."
Police said the suspects were not age to carry a gun. "We are working with the community trying to get these guns off the street to let them know the dangers of having young people in possession of weapons. First of all you need to be 21 in order to legally possess a weapon and so if they see anyone under the age, they need to let law enforcement know immediately," Nelson said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 843-398-4026.