The Greenwood Police Department has made an arrest in connection with Saturday night’s shooting on Tabor Street that left a 15-year-old Columbia teen dead and four others wounded.
Investigators with the Greenwood Police Department say they have arrested 17-year-old Dayterrious Shyheem White, of 334 Carolina Ave. in Greenwood, and charged him with murder in connection with the slaying.
According to a report from the Greenwood Police Department, officers were booking two female prisoners at about 9:45 p.m. Saturday night when they heard between 20 and 25 gunshots. Immediately after that, two males came around the corner of the jail, one of which had been shot in the arm. Officers went over to Tabor Street where they saw a large crowd gathered around the body of a young black male, later identified by Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox as 15-year-old Malik Birshon Padgett, of Columbia, who later succumbed to his injuries. One of the people around Padgett was performing chest compressions, the report said.
According to the report, officers called for a trauma unit, but some of the people at the scene picked Padgett up and put him in the back of a police car at which point he was taken to Self Regional Medical Center for treatment. It was later discovered that the ambulance that was en route to the scene was involved in a collision with another vehicle at the intersection of E. Creswell Avenue and Edgefield Street. A total of four other people were shot and wounded during the incident.
Officials with the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office said that they were called to assist in the incident, which included dispatching several deputies to the hospital. Officials said that the hospital had been put on lock down after a large crowd of people gathered at the emergency room. The crowd was calmed down and dispersed peacefully, officials said.
Investigators learned that the incident occurred at a large gathering for a birthday party. Investigators believe that White and an unknown number of other assailants approached the gathering and opened fire, killing Padgett and wounding the other four victims.
White is charged with murder in connection with the incident. He is currently being held at the Greenwood County Detention Center. A circuit court judge must set White’s bond since the crime of which he is accused could result in a life sentence or the death penalty. A date for his bond hearing has not been set.