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Lugoff man arrested for attempted murder

Posted: July 9, 2018 4:53 p.m.
Updated: July 10, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Clifton Galloway

A 30-year-old Lugoff man is in jail on three counts of attempted murder after allegedly firing several shots into a car, injuring two of the three people inside. The shooting took place at the Trinity Apartments on Church Street in Camden late Thursday morning.

A Camden Police Department (CPD) report identified Clifton Leon Galloway, 30, of North Marion St., Lugoff, as the arrested man. According to CPD officials, Galloway turned himself in to officers on Friday. He is also charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime. A judge denied bond on all four counts on Saturday.

According to the CPD report, officers responded to an active shooting call at the apartment complex around 11:30 a.m. Thursday with dispatchers being told one victim had been shot in the head. Officers arriving on the scene found a 32-year-old man leaning over the stoop of one of the apartments, bleeding from the head. The other victim, a 16-year-old boy, was sitting on the ground next to the car he had been in, bleeding from the leg. CPD officials confirmed both victims suffered gunshot wounds. The reporting officer described the car as a gray Nissan with shattered glass from the rear windshield and driver’s side window.

CPD officials said the 16-year-old’s mother was a passenger in the car, but was not injured.

EMS arrived on the scene and transported both victims to KershawHealth; they were then sent on to Columbia for further treatment, according to the report.

Officers spoke with several people who claimed to have witnessed the shooting. One witness said an older model black Chevrolet Camaro pulled into the apartment complex’s parking lot and a man opened fire on the victims, using a black handgun. Another witness identified the shooter as Galloway and said that a woman was with him in the car.
According to the report, the woman with Galloway later went to CPD headquarters and informed a detective that Galloway had fired the gun.

CPD officials said officers, county deputies and S.C. State Law Enforcement Division agents searched for Galloway through Friday morning, potentially leading him to turn himself in.

Six years ago, in late June 2012, county deputies arrested Galloway, the woman identified as being with him during Thursday’s shooting and another woman in connection with a drive-by shooting. In that case, Galloway, 24 at the time, allegedly pointed a shotgun at a man in front of a convenience store on U.S. 1 in east Camden, but did not fire. However, the second female in the car, Latasha Robin Bobbit, then 31, fired one round from a .40 caliber handgun at the victim before the car sped off.

Deputies charged Galloway and the woman who was with him Tuesday with attempted murder in 2012. However, online court records no longer list any charges against Galloway from any point in time. It was unclear at press time why the 2012 charge is no longer listed.

Deputies originally charged Bobbit with three counts of attempted murder, although it was unclear if there were more victims at the convenience store in 2012. However, those charges were dropped and she pleaded guilty to malicious injury between $2,000 and $10,000 in value in November 2012 and third-degree assault and battery in March 2013. She was sentenced to five years in prison for the malicious injury charge, provided credit for time served and had the balance suspended under the condition that she return to her home in New York. She was only sentenced to 30 days for the assault charge and credited for time served.

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