Police: Orangeburg shooter nearly hit sleeping, innocent woman

By Tim Pulliam - email

ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - Crimestoppers is looking for a shooting suspect. Orangeburg police say Carlton Benbow fired a shot that just barely missed a woman sleeping in her apartment.

Investigators say the bullet was intended for someone else, and the crime started after an argument.

"Nobody deserves this," said Kayla Boneparte, talking about the gunshot that flew through her bedroom and woke her up. "I could've got hit cause I was laying right here in this bed and when they shot, I jumped up, so I could've got hit. I was real scared for that. I didn't go back to sleep at all."

Orangeburg police blame Pamela Benbow for the shooting. She's been arrested.

Officers say Pamela got upset with her boyfriend's buddy after leaving a club. Captain Mike Adams says she called her son, Carlton Benbow, to take care of it. "If somebody disrespected his mom, there are other ways to handle it," said Adams.

Adams says Carlton and his mother went to the victim's home. When Pamela and Carlton got there, Carlton wanted to speak to the victim but the victim didn't want to speak to him. A few minutes later, police say Carlton started shooting.

No one was hit. The bullet went through the intended victim's apartment and right in to Kayla's bedroom.

"I think about it a lot," she said. "I could have been dead."

Carlton ran away. After two months of searching for him, police haven't found him yet.

Kayla hopes they catch him soon. She says she'll continue to lose sleep until an arrest is made.

Police say Carlton Benbow also has ties to Columbia. If you know where he can be found, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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