A 36-year-old Sumter man is dead and a 22-year-old is in custody following a "name calling" incident that led to gunfire late Wednesday evening.
Quentin Lavern Green, 36, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, said Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock. Green was pronounced dead at the scene, and Bullock said the gunshot wound caused Green to bleed to death.
Camara Atiba Jordan of 138 Carolina Ave., Sumter, has been charged with murder by the Sumter Police Department. According to police, the suspect fled the scene before law enforcement arrived, but investigators picked him up several blocks away shortly after the incident. Jordan had also been shot, in his foot, and was treated at Tuomey Regional Medical Center before being taken to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.
Law enforcement received a call around 10 p.m. about possible shots fired in the 400 block of Loring Drive. Police say their officers found Green dead in his home.
Witnesses indicated Green and the suspect got into a verbal altercation which turned physical in the yard. The suspect then pursued Green inside the home where he shot Green, according to reports.
Detectives stressed this is an isolated incident that involved individuals who knew each other and that the dispute stemmed from “name calling.”
“Although this is a tragic incident, it’s clear that these individuals did not take the right approach in resolving their differences," said Police Chief Russell Roark. "Our agency has observed that a pattern has developed in our community in instances where people who have felt like they have been disrespected by someone have chosen to resort to violence instead of trying work out their differences using simple conflict resolution techniques like 'talking out it out.'
"The majority of our violent incidents are not gang related, but between people who know each other and resort to violence to resolve their issues. We as a community need to be able to help educate people with alternative solutions to deal with disagreements without resorting to violence. The department’s Crime Prevention Unit will explore avenues to work with churches and community groups to establish an education awareness program directed toward conflict resolution."
The shooting incident remains under investigation by the Sumter Police Department. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC (1-888-274-6372). Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.