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SUMTER, SC (June 3, 2014) – A 17-year-old is wanted after shots were fired at an SUV traveling through a South Sumter neighborhood.
Dominik Dingle, 17 (DOB: 11/9/96), of 117 King St., Sumter, is wanted by police on attempted murder, tampering with evidence and unlawful carrying of a weapon charges following Saturday’s shooting around 5 p.m. He is described as about 5 feet 8 inches tall, has black hair and brown eyes and weighs about 145 lbs.
Dingle was initially identified by witnesses as the intended target in the incident. However, investigators determined Dingle was not a victim but the suspect in the case. Video footage obtained by police from a home surveillance system shows the suspect running toward a passing SUV and firing a weapon several times. The man is later seen returning to the site of the shooting and picking up spent shell casings and discarding them.
Sumter Police Chief Russell F. Roark III called the latest in a string of South Sumter shootings “reckless.”
“Innocent lives could be senselessly lost because of the actions of individuals like this man who for whatever his intention fired a deadly weapon at a moving vehicle. This is an area where people live, worship, children play – people who are not part of the illegal activity that unfortunately sometimes comes their way.”
These acts, police said, are not random. Police have identified several shootings in South Sumter since January that involve some of same individuals and are related to drug activity.
Police urge anyone with information regarding this shooting and others to come forward.
“We need your help to stop this type of activity,” Roark said.
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