Crime & Courts

Woman charged in house party shooting that killed one SC college student, injured another

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Police have arrested a woman on four charges in connection with a shooting earlier this month that killed a South Carolina college student and injured another.

Amber Marie Green, 25, of Webster Street in Orangeburg, was arrested Friday on charges of murder, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and discharging a firearm in city limits, according to the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety.

Green is accused in the April 14 shooting that killed 20-year-old Benedict College student Donovan Smalls and injured a Claflin University student, police officials said.

The deadly incident happened just after 2 a.m. at a party in Orangeburg, The State reported previously.

Police say that Green fired a handgun near a large crowd, “setting off a chain of events to include more gunfire from members of the crowd,” according to warrants released Monday by Orangeburg Public Safety. Smalls was shot in the head, killing him, the warrant states.

A victim who also was hit by gunfire picked Green out of a photo lineup, police said. That victim, who was identified by Claflin University as a student, told police she saw Green “have an altercation with members of the crowd and then began shooting the gun,” the warrant states.

Murder carries up to life in prison, under South Carolina law. Assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature carries up to 20 years.

Teddy Kulmala covers breaking news for The State and covered crime and courts for seven years in Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken and Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University and grew up in Barnwell County.