Crime & Courts

Suspect intent on ‘chaos’ and ‘harm’ arrested in Sumter shooting that injured 4

A man has been arrested and charged with seven counts of attempted murder in a Monday morning shooting spree in Sumter.

Ozzy Alexander Mooneyham, 25, is accused of shooting and injuring four people at Palmetto Tire and Auto and at Chestnut Pointe apartments, where he had lived, according to Sumter police.

At least three of the victims remained in local hospitals being treated for injuries while police continued their investigation, Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark said at an afternoon news conference announcing Mooneyham’s arrest.

“The victims . . . were merely targets of opportunity for an individual determined to create chaos and cause harm to innocent people in our community,” Roark said.

The shooting began around 7 a.m. at the Chestnut Pointe apartments on Roxbury Court, police said. Mooneyham is accused of firing multiple shots, one of which injured a woman there, according to police. A Sumter police officer was among the people who were fired on, but not injured, at the apartments.

Police say Mooneyham left the apartments and, shortly before 8 a.m., began shooting at Palmetto Tire and Auto on Wesmark Boulevard, about 2 miles away. One female and two males were injured there.

Mooneyham drove away, police say, and was arrested shortly after by Sumter County Sheriff’s deputies conducting a traffic stop.

Police say multiple weapons were found in Mooneyham’s car, including a .22-caliber rifle with an extended magazine, which police believe was used in both shootings. Mooneyham had legally purchased the gun, Roark said.

Other weapons also were seized from Mooneyham’s car, Roark said, though he could not immediately identify how many and what type of weapons there were.

All four victims of the shootings were hit at random and did not appear to be targeted by the shooter, Roark said.

In addition to seven counts of attempted murder, Mooneyham is charged with two counts of presenting a weapon during a violent crime and two counts of pointing and presenting a weapon, Roard said.

Police are continuing to investigate the shootings.

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