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Man charged in connection with deadly Conway Waffle House shooting

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 11:22 PM EDT
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Chancey Hickman
Chancey Hickman(Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – Police have filed charges against the man arrested in connection with Tuesday’s deadly early-morning shooting at a Conway Waffle House.

According to an arrest warrant for 23-year-old Chancey Rashon Deval Hickman, of Loris, the suspect was ordered to leave the Waffle House located on Highway 501 and El Bethel Road but refused, causing an argument which led to a fight with the victim.

During that altercation, Hickman did shoot the victim, identified by the Horry County Coroner’s Office as 34-year-old Branden Harshaw, “in a sudden heat of passion without legal provocation,” the warrant states.

Willard said Harshaw was taken to Conway Medical Center following the shooting, which happened at 2:13 a.m.

The Conway resident died just before 3 a.m. from injuries sustained in the shooting, Willard said.

Hickman was charged with voluntary manslaughter and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, online records from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center state. He remains in jail Tuesday evening under no bond.

The two people involved are not employees of the Waffle House, according to authorities.

The Waffle House is in one of the busiest areas of Conway, near several businesses and neighborhoods.

Richard Knight, the senior pastor at New El Bethel United Methodist Church in Conway, which is located directly across the street from the restaurant, said he’s troubled to learn someone died in this shooting.

“It saddens my heart,’ Knight said.

He’s hoping this type of violence will one day come to an end.

“It concerns me that something like this is happening so close to where we gather on Sunday mornings to worship God,” he said. “I think if we did love one another more than we do, this type of tragedy wouldn’t be happening around us.”

Our news team also spoke with several people who say they visit the Waffle House frequently. Some said they knew the victim.

One person who said they knew Harshaw described him as a great guy.

Conway police continue to investigate.

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