Investigators with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office continue to seek more information as they try to determine the events that led up to the shooting death of a teenager in Wedgefield earlier this month.
Early in the morning of Sept. 8, deputies responded to a shooting incident at a residence in the 200 block of Apollo Street and found 17-year-old Wedgefield resident Jaquelle Dinkins lying in the front yard of the home, unresponsive. Dinkins was declared dead at the scene.
Shortly after the shooting, Ken Bell, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said witnesses were telling deputies the shooting occurred without warning, shortly after a group of people had knocked on the door of the mobile home where the shooting occurred.
Bell also said that deputies were being told the shots fired in the incident came from either inside the home or the front yard just outside the home, adding that whoever opened the door to the residence had apparently also attempted to physically pull the visitors inside before the shooting.
However, now, Bell said, part of the problem investigators are having is that after conducting multiple interviews with eyewitnesses, the stories they’re receiving are conflicting greatly.
So far, no one faces any charges in the shooting.
Earlier in the investigation, the sheriff’s office named a 30-year-old man as a “person of interest” in the shooting, but after speaking with him, he was removed from that list.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call either the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 436-2000, or Crime Stoppers at (803) 436-2718. People calling the Crime Stoppers number can remain anonymous.