Sheriff: Social media sparked 2 shootings
By Bobby Bryant, Editor
The incident that got two people shot Jan. 18 on Weaver Street near Timmonsville began with a dispute on social media, says Darlington County Sheriff James Hudson. A group of people who don’t live in the neighborhood assembled there about 8:30 p.m. to continue, in person, an argument that flared on social media, Hudson said. “That sparked the whole thing,” he said. Two people were shot more than once. But no one called 911. Instead, Hudson said, someone put one of the wounded people in his vehicle and tried to drive to a hospital in Florence. The other wounded person stayed at the scene, he said. After they crossed into Florence County, the hospital-bound vehicle had a “fender-bender” with another car on Beltline Drive. “They hit a car, or hit something, that caused them to be stopped” by law enforcement, Hudson said. Officers found the shooting victim. Both shooting victims, Hudson said, eventually made it to McLeod Regional Medical Center, where they were treated for their injuries. “Both were shot multiple times, but they’re going to be OK,” Hudson said. Sheriff’s deputies were looking for the shooter in the case, Hudson said, but no arrests had been made as of late last week.