Teen charged in Sumter shootings

The Sumter ItemSeptember 2, 2013 

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A 19-year-old Sumter man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with a Saturday afternoon shooting on Dibert Street that left two people in serious but stable condition.

Trevaughn Ziontae Jackson, of 312 Hannah St., was arrested early Sunday morning at his home after the Sumter Police Department said he was the man who allegedly shot a 30-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman at a home in the 1000 block of Dibert Street about 5 p.m. Saturday.

Both victims received gunshot wounds in their upper torsos and were transported to Tuomey Regional Medical Center. They were later transported to Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia for additional treatment. A release from the police department said they are in stable condition.

"While detectives are still investigating the motive for the shooting, they believe an earlier altercation involving the male victim and others, including the suspect, may have led to the shooting," the release reads.

On Sunday, Sumter County Magistrate George R. Gibson granted Jackson a $157,000 surety bond for the two charges.

This is the second shooting on Dibert Street this year. An unidentified 19-year-old man told police he was shot about 10 p.m. Jan. 20 in the same block as the current incident while walking down Dibert Street. The victim told police that a vehicle pulled up beside him and one of two men allegedly shot him in the left ankle. The two men then fled. This incident is remains under investigation.

In the Saturday shooting, the suspect is additionally charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

He is no stranger to law enforcement, most recently pleading guilty Aug. 6 in Sumter general sessions court to receiving stolen goods of value less than $2,000. At-large Circuit Court Judge D. Craig Brown sentenced Jackson to time served. Jackson had been at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center since being arrested almost a year earlier for first-degree burglary.

Jackson is back at the jail as of Monday morning. He will have to post 10 percent of his bond amount to be released until his trial. Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to call the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2717 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (888) CRIME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward.

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