Sumter man arrested for shooting at teenaged pedestrian

Another Sumter man was arrested Thursday for yet another shooting incident, with this time the suspect being accused of attempting to shoot a teenager walking down a street in broad daylight.

Kelvin Justin McCoy, 28, was charged by the Sumter Police Department with a single count of attempted murder for his alleged actions six days prior to his arrest.

According to police, the 17-year-old victim was simply walking down Highland Avenue near Sims Street shortly before 4 p.m. Friday when he spotted a man, later identified as the suspect, standing next to a white pickup truck.  Without speaking or approaching the teenager, police say the suspect simply began to open fire on the teenager before getting into the truck and driving away before law enforcement arrived.  The teenager was not struck in the incident.

Tonyia McGirt, public information officer for the police department, said investigators are still trying to determine what might have prompted the shooting.

McCoy is being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center where he awaits a bond hearing.

McCoy’s arrest comes the same week the city police department arrested three other men for their alleged involvement in a set of drive-by shootings in South Sumter during the early morning hours of Jan. 28.   Those three men also face attempted murder charges.

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