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Investigators say shooting is gang related

Denise Boykin's sr. yearbook picture Denise Boykin's sr. yearbook picture
James Rocshawd Keitt, arrested, 17 James Rocshawd Keitt, arrested, 17
Samuel Denero Harmon, arrested, 18 Samuel Denero Harmon, arrested, 18
Sherman Antonio Davis, 20 and Brandon Joshua Harmon, 19 Sherman Antonio Davis, 20 and Brandon Joshua Harmon, 19
George Vashaun Mack III, arrested George Vashaun Mack III, arrested

(Lexington County) July 18, 2006 - WIS News 10 has learned a sixth man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in Lexington County on Saturday.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says the fatal shooting at a Columbia-area flea market was gang-related.

Deputies say 19-year-old Denise Boykin died after being shot by a semi-automatic rifle several times at the Barnyard Flea Market.

Metts says the 19-year-old Boykin was killed in retaliation by her boyfriend's rival gang members.

Investigators arrested George Vashaun Mack III early Sunday morning after interrogating him for most of Saturday evening. Mack is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and possessing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Officials also arrested 17-year-old James Rocshawd Keitt and 18-year-old Samuel Denero Harmon. Deputies arrested both men after receiving tips the two had fled to Orangeburg following the shooting. Orangeburg sheriff's deputies assisted Lexington County in arresting the them at The Trump Inn on US 301.

Both Keitt and Harmon have been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and possessing a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

After deputies issued warrants for two additional suspects, Brandon Joshua Harmon, 19, and Sherman Antonio Davis, 20, the men surrended Sunday night around 7:30 at the Lexington County Sheriff's Department. Brandon Harmon will be charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and possessing a firearm during a violent crime.

Keitt is charged with conspiracy and possessing a firearm during the violent crime.

Officials say they don't yet have enough information about the sixth suspect to release any information.

Officials say Boykin, the deceased, was in the driver's seat of a car at the Barnyard Flea Market on Highway 1 at Oak Drive near West Columbia around 4:25pm Saturday. That's when investigators say at least one man approached Boykin's car and began firing multiple shots with semi-automatic rifles. At least 20 bullets were fired at Boykin's car.

The car ended up across the street at a Citgo, where officials discovered the body. Two other passengers, Raymond "Trey" Brown and a 14-year-old girl were injured. Brown is reported in critical but stable condition at a local hospital. The girl was treated and released.

A Lexington sheriff's spokesman says they have strong reason to think the incident is gang retaliation.

Investigators have also determined that all involved parties knew one another. They say this was not a random act. The incident appears to have stemmed from a possible prior dispute.

If you have any additional information about Harmon, Keitt, Boykin, Mack, or Brown, you are asked to call the Lexington County Sheriff's Department at 803-785-8230 or Crimestoppers at 800-559-TIPS.

Updated 7:47am by Graeme Moore

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