ONE MAN ARRESTED IN SHOOTING INCIDENT
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives on Wednesday, April 9 arrested a 22-year-old man who lives in Little Mountain in connection with a shooting incident that occurred at about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8 outside a home on Bayfield Lane near Chapin. Detectives on Wednesday also obtained an arrest warrant for a 20-year-old man who lives in Little Mountain and remains on the run from law enforcement in connection with the shooting incident.
Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said Jeffery Lewis Hentz, 22, of 318 Nursery Road, Little Mountain, turned himself in to detectives on an arrest warrant on a charge of attempted murder at about 11 a.m. on Wednesday in the Chapin community. Detectives later booked Hentz at the Lexington County Detention Center, where Hentz was being held on Wednesday while awaiting a bond hearing.
Detectives are continuing to search for Demichael Edward Mayers, 20, of 318 Nursery Road, Little Mountain, who is wanted on an arrest warrant on a charge of attempted murder, Metts said. The Sheriff’s Department entered Mayers as a wanted person on the National Crime Information Center computer database. Mayers is 6-foot and weighs 190 pounds. Mayers has black hair and brown eyes.
Arrest warrants allege that on Tuesday Hentz and Mayers became involved in a verbal dispute with Antonio Williams, 34, of Prosperity, outside a home at 125 Bayfield Lane near Chapin, Metts said. Williams is acquainted with Hentz and Mayers, and the shooting incident does not appear to have been a random act.
Arrest warrants further allege that witnesses told detectives that Hentz and Mayers each were armed with firearms at the time of the verbal dispute with Williams, Metts said. During the dispute, Mayers shot Williams with a firearm, causing great bodily injury to Williams in his upper torso. Hentz and Mayers ran away from the home on Bayfield Lane after Williams was shot.
The nature and circumstances of the verbal dispute that involved Hentz, Mayers and Williams remain under investigation, Metts said.
Williams was transported by helicopter on Tuesday to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, where Williams successfully underwent surgery on Tuesday night, Metts said. Williams was listed in stable condition on Wednesday at the hospital.
Metts asked anyone with information about the shooting incident or the whereabouts of Mayers to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).
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