Arrest made after high school student shot in face outside nightclub

Johnathan Brown (Source: Sumter Police Department)
Johnathan Brown (Source: Sumter Police Department)

SUMTER, SC (WIS) - The man Sumter police say shot an 18-year-old Lakewood High School student in the left side of the face early Friday morning has been arrested, according to officers.

Johnathan Brown turned himself in at the Sumter Law Enforcement Center around 10:00am Monday. Brown was wanted for a shooting at a nightclub on Manning Avenue around 2:30am Friday.

Major Alvin Holston reported that the 18-year-old was there with two other individuals. He said one of the two individuals apparently got into an argument with the suspect, and when the three were in the car and getting ready to exit the location, the young man was shot.

The teen was taken to Tuomey Hospital by the other two individuals in the car. He remains hospitalized, but Major Holston said he's in stable condition. Holston emphasized that the incident is not drug- or gang-related

Witnesses at the scene were able to identify Brown as the suspect. He's charged with attempted murder.

Hudson plays basketball for Lakewood High School. His coach says Calvin was at a bar the night before a game because of peer pressure.

Both coach and teammates say Calvin is a true leader on the court. Calvin Hudson's teammates say his humor and love of basketball are what they miss most around the locker room.

For Jamal Huggins and Dequan Dwyer, Hudson was like a big brother. "We're basically like a family," said Huggins. "Every day after the game we say we're a family."

"We all have our conflicts with each other, but at the end of the day we always come together and before we leave we tell each other we love you," said Dwyer.

Police say Hudson was in the wrong place at the wrong time. They say brown pulled the trigger after an argument with one of Calvin's buddies.

Calvin's coach, Ron McBride, had just seen him at practice the day before. "I just wish he had stayed home," said McBride. "As a coach, a mentor, there's something I should have said to make him stay home that night. To not have him around it takes something out of us all. He has a face that you can't help but to love him."

Teammate Derrick Hopkins went to visit Calvin in the hospital. "I just told him to get well soon and that I love him," said Hopkins. "He just gave a little smile."

Teammates say Calvin is recovering well. Their focus is winning Wednesday's game for their "brother."

"Just make us wanna fight harder for him on the court," said Huggins. "We gotta do what we gotta do. We're gonna fight for Calvin."

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