Deputies investigating 3rd shooting on Georgetown County street in 1 week

Deputies are searching for the gunman behind the third shooting in a week along Meadow Street in Georgetown County.
Published: Jan. 31, 2023 at 5:44 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 31, 2023 at 8:34 PM EST
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GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - Deputies are searching for the gunman behind the third shooting in a week along Meadow Street in Georgetown County.

Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after shots were fired into an occupied dwelling in the 100 block of Meadow Street, shortly after 11 p.m. Monday.

Sheriff Carter Weaver said his agency is confident they know who they are looking for and believe the person lives somewhere on Meadow Street.

According to the report, a witness observed a suspect wearing a hoodie flee the scene on foot. A deputy gave chase before losing him on Dandelion Court.

Shots were previously fired into houses on Meadow Street from a vehicle on Jan. 26. Deputies responded just after 8 p.m. Thursday to the 100 block of Meadow Street where dozens of shots were fired into three occupied homes and one unoccupied home.

Witnesses reported seeing a dark four-door sedan with a rear spoiler, possibly a Toyota Corolla, speeding away toward Mercer Avenue.

On Jan. 25, deputies were called to a home on Meadow Street just after midnight where TyQuez Demetrius Walker, 19, was pronounced dead.

Ryan O’Neil Woodruff, 30, was detained at the scene and charged with Walker’s murder. Woodruff was out on bond after being charged with the May 2021 murder of Debra Goins and Roger Woodruff Sr. on Graham Road in the Georgetown Community.

Weaver said all three of these shootings are connected.

“We’re not working it as a coincidence. We think they’re all connected,” Weaver said. “Obviously people are not happy that Ryan Woodruff killed this innocent man, and there’s some retaliation.”

Weaver pointed out that a very important part of law enforcement is solving crimes.

He said it reducies the fear of crime within the community, which is why they’re increasing their presence on Meadow Street and surrounding areas.

He added they are continuing to investigate all three of these incidents, and want to see Meadow Street return to peace.

“So, right now, we’re making arrests, but we still have the fear of crime in the Meadow Street area. I see that as an equal responsibility as myself as your sheriff and our agency,” Weaver said.

There were no injuries to the occupants in Thursday’s or Monday’s shootings.

Anyone with information should call Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office at 843-546-5102.