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2nd man charged in fatal gang-related shooting at Sumter gas station

SHELBIE GOULDING
shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 9/25/19

A second man was charged with murder on Wednesday in connection to a fatal gang-related shooting earlier this month at a convenience store on Broad Street.

Officers identified Joquell Wayne Myers, …

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2nd man charged in fatal gang-related shooting at Sumter gas station

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A second man was charged with murder on Wednesday in connection to a fatal gang-related shooting earlier this month at a convenience store on Broad Street.

Officers identified Joquell Wayne Myers, 23, of Mayesville, as the man accused of shooting to death Gregory Donta Middleton at the Hop In (Sunoco) convenience store, according to Tonyia McGirt, public information officer at the Sumter Police Department.

Middleton, along with Michael Rogers, both 30 and of Sumter, died from the incident.

Myers was charged with attempted murder, unlawful carry of a firearm and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, McGirt said. He is being held at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.

Three other men, one of whom was charged for the death of Rogers, were injured as gunfire erupted at about 1 a.m. Sept. 9.

Diontrae Epps, 26, of South Purdy Street, was charged last week upon his release from a Columbia hospital with murder, unlawful carry of a firearm and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Officers said rival gang activity sparked the shooting.

So far, five other men at the scene have been identified and placed into custody on unlawful carry of a firearm charges, McGirt said.

Officers continue to search for Keyonte Markees McGee, 27, of Camelia Street, who is wanted on an unrelated family court bench warrant.

If anyone has information on the incident, call the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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