MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCBD) – The town of Moncks Corner did not see any homicides in the year 2018 until the month of November. The police department addressed those fatalities Monday afternoon.
“We’re going take the opportunity to talk about two shooting incidents that have occurred in the town of Moncks Corner in the past two weeks,” said Chief Rick Ollic, Moncks Corner Police.
The first was a violent home invasion on Gulledge Street on November 9th that would claim the life of 33 year old Kori Capers.
“He came to the residence, as he got there he encountered an armed gunman inside. He was shot multiple times,” Ollic said.
Capers later died at the hospital.
Suspect DeAnthony Simmons confessed to the shooting, implicating himself and Zion Dukes. Both are now in custody and charged with murder.
“We were able to take Mr. Dukes into custody in Bamberg, South Carolina with the help of the Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office and SLED,” Ollic said.
While the investigation is ongoing, it’s believed that this was not a random attack.
“I believe that one of the individuals in this case had known and had some relationship with the victim that was killed in this matter,” said Ollic.
The second incident was a brazen assault in the early morning hours of November 14th that left two people dead. This one occurred on Trivers Drive.
Roddrick Gadsen was sitting in a vehicle with a female when he was attacked by Allontay Houston.
“As Houston, the individual that was attacking Mr. Gadsen was reaching for his firearm, Gadsen shot and killed him,” Ollic said.
Curtis Frazier was behind the car. Investigators say there is reason to believe he was armed, Gadsen shot and killed him too.
“We are, at this point, not making any charges on Mr. Gadsen due to the fact that we believe he acted in self defense,” Ollic said.
This is being called an isolated domestic incident. It’s believed this incident stemmed from a break up the day before between Houston and the female in the van with Gadsen.
“That night when he came back to her, she was staying with her mother on Trivers Drive. No doubt that he came there to try to set straight that he did not want his girlfriend with another individual and an altercation ensued,” Ollic said.