Teen, 16, charged in Sunday’s fatal shooting

cwinston@thestate.comSeptember 23, 2013 

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— A 16-year-old was arrested Monday and charged in what authorities are calling a gang-related shooting.

Deante Dominic-Ali Wittich was charged with murder and is expected to be tried as an adults, according to Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Timmons. Additional charges are possible, according to a press release.

Wittich is charged in Sunday’s shooting death of Amanda F. McKemie, 22, of Gaston. McKemie, who was shot in the head while riding in a vehicle with an unidentified man in Northeast Columbia, was identified Monday morning by Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.

The two were traveling on West Campanella Drive shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday, in an area between Interstate 20 and U.S. 277 near Farrow Road. The driver told investigators he heard gunfire and saw that his passenger had been critically injured, Timmons said.

Wittich was arrested Monday evening by CPD Investigators and members of the Gang Unit at the Arrington Place apartments located on Van Heise Street.

CPD investigators believe the shooting was gang-related, and stemmed from an earlier altercation.

“This case is yet another example of how gangs destroy lives,” said Columbia interim police Chief Ruben Santiago. “Gang members think they will become notorious by committing crimes when in reality they face significant prison time."

The arrest was made following a Crimestoppers tip.

If you have information regarding gang violence, call the Columbia Police Department at 803-545-3500. You can also call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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