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Suspect arrested in fatal South Carolina highway shooting

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2018 | Violent Crimes |

Authorities arrested a 43-year-old female suspect on June 21 for allegedly being involved in a shooting on US-521 in Westville that left another woman dead. The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that deputies took the suspect into custody. In the company of her attorneys, she arrived at the Kershaw County Detention Center. She was subsequently charged with the murder of a 54-year-old woman.

The investigation began when someone reported a shooting on June 17 at the highway’s intersection with Catoe Road. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a dead woman in a vehicle. She had suffered a gunshot wound to the neck. A witness informed deputies about a vehicle leaving the scene. Investigators tracked down the vehicle and stopped the woman driving it. They searched the vehicle and reported finding a .380 caliber pistol and a single spent shell casing. The female driver declined to answer questions until she could consult her attorney.

At the crime scene, investigators collected a .380 caliber bullet and sent it to a crime lab. Testing confirmed that the bullet at the murder scene came from the weapon in the suspect’s possession.

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