Cordova man charged in January shooting

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Orangeburg county officials arrested a Cordova man and charged him in connection to a January shooting incident sent a man to the hospital.

Sheriff Leroy Ravenell says “we’re still working on a motive in this case, but there’s nothing that justifies shooting someone who was just walking into a store,” he added “no disagreement, argument, or difference of opinion is worth risking someone’s life.”

30-year-old Raynard Ballen II has been charged with attempted murder.

The Robinson Road man’s charge stems from a January 31st incident that took place on St. Matthews Road.

Oranegburg County Sheriff’s investigators were called to a convenience store just before 5:00a.m. after receiving reports of a shooting incident.

The victim told investigators he was outside in the parking when two men in a vehicle “rolled up on him and shot him,” according to the report.

Witnesses inside the business said that when they heard gunfire, they looked outside.
They said they did not see the victim immediately after the shooting, but later discovered him on the ground.

Bond was set on Ballen at $45,000 cash or surety during a hearing on Monday.

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