One Lexington County shooting suspect arrested, one still at large

jmonk@thestate.comApril 9, 2014 

— Deputies say one of the suspects involved in a Lexington County shooting was arrested Wednesday while a second suspect remains at large.

Lexington and Newberry sheriff’s deputies joined forces in a manhunt Wednesday morning to try to run down the two suspects.

Jeffrey Lewis Hentz, 22, of Little Mountain turned himself in on an attempted murder charge about 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts. Hentz is awaiting a bond hearing at the Lexington County Detention Center.

Detectives continue to search for Demichael Edward Mayers, 20, also of Little Mountain.

The incident took place about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday outside a home at 125 Bayfield Lane, which is in the Chapin community near the Lexington-Newberry county line.

One man was shot in the upper body in the incident, which according to the Lexington sheriff’s department, did not appear to be a random act. The man was lifted by helicopter to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, where he underwent surgery Tuesday night, the sheriff’s department said.

Detectives identified the two men who were involved in the shooting incident and are actively looking for them, using Sheriff's Department K-9 police dogs and the Lexington County sheriff’s department helicopter.

“While detectives believe that the two men are armed, detectives do not have any reason to believe that the two men pose any immediate threat to persons in the Chapin community,” Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said in a public release.

Anyone with information should contact the Lexington County Sheriff's Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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