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Suspects named in cemetery shooting

Posted: December 16, 2010 5:20 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Two 18-year-old men, one from Cassatt and one from Rembert, have been named as suspects in Sunday’s Antioch Baptist Church cemetery shooting.

Dashawn Rondell Robinson, of Lawhorn Road, Cassatt, was arrested Tuesday following a traffic stop on U.S. 1 in Camden. The traffic stop was a result of a search for an older model white four-door vehicle with a black stripe running across the top.

Robinson, and Jake Santonio McCray, of St. John Road, Rembert, have now been named as suspects in Sunday’s shooting, according to an updated copy of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) report of the case.

The report lists Robinson as “Subject No. 1” -- the suspect who confronted the victims.

An 82-year-old Camden man and his 76-year-old wife were walking back to their car at the cemetery when a man now identified as Robinson allegedly walked out of a wooded area with a cloth around his head to mask his face. The victims said Robinson ordered them to the ground at gunpoint. However, the male victim -- a concealed weapons permit holder -- defended himself and his wife with a .22 caliber revolver he took out of his own pocket.

At that point, the KCSO report alleges, Robinson began shooting at the victims. The male victim returned fire, forcing Robinson to hide behind a pine tree. He and the victim reportedly each fired eight shots, with Robinson reportedly retreating through the woods to what has now been identified as a white Geo Prizm with a black stripe from the hood to the trunk.

A witness said he saw Robinson get into the car with at least one other person, presumably MCray, inside and take off. At the time, the witness said there was no tag on the car and that it had an “abnormally loud muffler.”

A BOLO, or “be on the lookout,” was issued and local hospitals were contacted in the event Robinson, McCray or some other suspect had been wounded. Two 9mm shell casings were recovered from where the victims said Robinson was standing when the shooting began.

Deputies had been searching for the Prizm since Sunday’s shooting. A deputy spotted the car on Red Fox Road in east Camden, lost sight of it and then spotted it again parked at a shop on the 700 block of U.S. 1 North. Another deputy saw the Prizm as the driver tried to pull back out on to U.S. 1 and then suddenly back up into the parking lot against the building.

The deputy pulled up and blocked the vehicle in, ordering Robinson out of the car at gunpoint. He was detained until a KCSO investigator could arrive on the scene. Robinson gave verbal consent to search the car; a small bag of marijuana was found in the center console.

Deputies also noticed a tag on the car and quickly determined it had been stolen off a Ford Focus belonging to a woman on Red Hill Church Road. They also learned Robinson had failed to register the vehicle or obtain insurance.

Robinson was arrested for simple possession of marijuana and operating an uninsured vehicle. An investigator transported him to the sheriff’s office for questioning before transferring him to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he was being held pending charges in connection with Sunday’s shooting.

As of Thursday afternoon, McCray had not been arrested. Robinson was still listed as being detained at the county jail, but it was not immediately known when he would have a bond hearing.

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