Youth violence in the Lowcountry


CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — There were two shootings in Charleston County on Wednesday night, both involving people under the age of 18.

Charleston Police have charged two West Ashley High School students with attempted murder.

Justin Carroll, 17, of Cathedral Lane, and Jaelen Heyward, 17, of Bonanza Road are both charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and five counts of attempted murder. Police responded to a call at around 7:30 p.m. in reference to shots being fired at a parked car with several teens inside.

Later that night, North Charleston Police responded to the 2600 block of Ranger Drive in reference to a body being discovered.

The victim has been identified as 17 year-old Amarai Roper Smalls of North Charleston. He was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

Deomontae Wallace, 17, of North Charleston and a 15-year-old are charged in connection with the shooting.

Both cases are a reminder of a youth violence problem in the community.

South Carolina Representative Wendell Gilliard says, “These are our future leaders we are loosing. We need more people to get committed and get involved because then and only then will we see change.”

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