Deputies: Four arrested for death of 15-year-old girl in Lancaster County drive-by shooting
Investigators believe the victim was struck by a bullet that entered the apartment through a wall just before 1 a.m.
LANCASTER, S.C. (WBTV) - Four people have been arrested for the death of a 15-year-old girl that was shot and killed in Lancaster County on Sunday.
The victim is JaShawnna Coleman. Coleman’s mother told WBTV that her daughter loved to dance and loved her siblings. She wants justice and whoever did this to come forward.
Coleman was struck and killed by a bullet early Sunday morning, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says.
On Wednesday, four people were arrested.
Investigators were able to identify a Nissan Altima captured on security footage as well as its owner. Search warrants were granted to the home of the car’s owner and the home across the street.
The car was towed and processed for evidence. Three guns were seized from one of the houses and one from the second.
Antonyio Gary Johnson and three male juveniles were arrested. Johnson and a 15-year-old were charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
Two other 16-year-old male juveniles were implicated in the shooting. One was found in Camden late Wednesday afternoon and arrested. The other, with a parent, turned himself in. Both will be charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime
Deputies responded to the Foxwood Apartments on County Club Road at 12:51 a.m. to investigate shots fired at buildings in the complex from a car traveling on a nearby road.
Later that morning, deputies were called back to Foxwood as a woman found her Coleman, her niece, dead on a couch with a gunshot wound.
“I am so sorry, I am so sorry for the loss. That’s awful. Ain’t no parent deserves that. Ain’t no parent deserves to have to bury their child,” said a neighbor in the apartment complex, Pamela Fralick.
She told WBTV she plans to move to a different apartment complex with her two young children within the week.
“I don’t need my kids out here, just out here playing and killed. So I gotta get out of here, that’s a fact,” she said.
The girl was visiting relatives when the shooting happened, and other adults and children in the apartment were not injured. The apartment complex was completely sealed off and access in and out by residents was controlled. Country Road near the complex was shut down.
Investigators believe the victim was struck by a bullet that entered the apartment through an exterior wall during the shooting just before 1 a.m. There is no evidence that a second shooting occurred at the complex.
A search warrant was obtained for the property, and a thorough search of the apartment where the girl was located and the exterior of the complex including the roadway was being conducted. The shots came from a passing car. Bullets hitting everything from the window to an AC Unit.
“Yeah I gotta get out of here. I gotta move. It’s time to go,” says Fralick.
“There are no printable words to describe my anger toward the person or people responsible for this cowardly act of shooting a gun from a car in the road at a residential complex during the wee hours of a Sunday morning without any regard whatsoever for the lives of the people inside,” said Sheriff Barry Faile.
All three juveniles will appear before a Family Court judge later, and the judge will determine whether the juveniles remain in custody.
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