WALTERBORO, S.C. (News Release) — On Friday April 15th, 2016 at approximately 12:30 a.m., officers from the Walterboro Police Department responded to 525 Sweat Street in reference to shots fired in the area. Upon arrival, officers met with the victim who stated that while she was watching television she heard the sound of gunfire outside of her residence. Officers on scene were able to observe several shell casings on the ground as well as several bullet holes in the victim’s home. Several windows and doors were damaged during the incident. The victim stated that she did not know anyone who may want to harm her.
On Saturday April 16th, 2016 at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers from the Walterboro Police Department responded to headquarters and met with a complainant who stated that while she was at 404 Whitsell Street, Lincoln Apartments, her vehicle was struck by gunfire. The complainant stated that she was not inside the vehicle at the time of the incident and was unsure of any additional information.
At approximately 7:13 p.m. on the same date officers received a call in reference to shots fired in the area of 300 Lockhart Street. Officers were advised prior to their arrival that several black males were seen fleeing the area on foot. Once officers arrived on scene they observed several shell casings and contact was made with a victim who stated that he was standing in the yard at 300 Lockhart Street when several unknown males began shooting into the crowd. The victim stated as he was fleeing he was struck in the left foot by a bullet. The victim was transported by personal vehicle to Colleton Medical Center and treated for his injuries.
On Monday April 18th, 2016 at approximately 12:30 a.m., officers from the Walterboro Police Department responded to 126 Lewis Street, in reference to a shooting that just occurred. When officers arrived they met with the victim who stated that she and her boyfriend were asleep in their bed when they heard loud knocking on their door, followed by the door being shot several times, and finally an unknown suspect kicked the door in. The victim stated that several unknown suspects entered the residence and gunfire was exchanged between her boyfriend (victim #2) and the suspects. The victim stated that one of the suspects yelled he was hit and they all ran from the residence. The victim stated that her boyfriend was shot several times. Colleton County Fire Rescue and the Colleton County Coroner’s office responded to the scene where the second victim was pronounced dead. The victim was later identified as Ramone Varner, 23, of 126 Lewis St. The coroner’s office says the cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds.
Investigators from the Walterboro Police Department responded to the scene and have been processing the crime scene and interviewing witnesses. At this time, Investigators have not been able to confirm the motive behind any of the shootings. Investigators are actively investigating any potential correlation between each of the shootings. Each incident is still under investigation. Additional information will be released at a later time.