Crime

August 25, 2014

Man charged with attempted murder in car wash shooting

SUMTER, SC A man wanted for attempted murder in connection with a shooting that occurred at a car wash on Friday afternoon has been arrested, according to the Sumter Police Department.

SUMTER, SC A man wanted for attempted murder in connection with a shooting that occurred at a car wash on Friday afternoon has been arrested, according to the Sumter Police Department.

Diquandrae Rhabb, 22, was arrested on Sunday by Sumter police and charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

The incident occurred at about 2 p.m. Friday when a man on foot approached the car wash on Sumter’s North Main Street and began firing at a customer. Gunfire was exchanged and the initial shooter fled on foot.

Police were called after two people with gunshot wounds drove themselves to the emergency room.

In addition, police are working to identify a second suspect who accompanied Rhabb. The second suspect is described as a 6-foot-tall black man with a light complexion and goatee, between the ages of 17 and 25.

A third person and victim, Arterrell Marques Witherspoon, 29, is believed to have fired back at the shooter, the statement said. Witherspoon is listed in stable condition at an area hospital.

It is not known if Witherspoon will face charges.

A 58-year-old man, considered an innocent bystander in the vicinity of the shooting, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by a stray bullet, the statement said.

Investigators believe this incident involves some of the same individuals connected to at least a dozen shootings that have occurred in the South Sumter community since the beginning of the year and are drug related.

In addition, police believe Witherspoon, Rhabb and other associates were involved in a shooting incident on May 17 on Red and White streets.

This is not the first time Rhabb has been arrested for criminal charges. Court records show that Rhabb has also gone to court for multiple drug charges and felony weapons charges since 2011.

Rhabb is being held at the Sumter-Lee Region Detention Center and a bond has not yet been determined, according to court records.

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