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Search for suspect in shooting leads to several school lockdowns in Summerton

Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 8:22 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2021 at 9:30 PM EST
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CLARENDON COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - Summerton schools were on lockdown due to a manhunt in the area on Thursday morning.

Multiple agencies are searching for a suspect in a shooting described as a black man with facial hair, last seen wearing a blue hoodie. The man is considered armed and dangerous, according to the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies believe the suspect left in a vehicle and the schools are no longer in danger.

According to officials, the shooting happened Thursday morning and was unrelated to the schools in the area.

Sheriff Tim Baxley said there had been a recent string of car break-ins in Summerton.

At 6 a.m. on Thursday, a homeowner was at a gas station when his Ring camera alerted him. He saw that there was someone on his property on Mood Drive.

The homeowner went home and found the suspect and told him to get off the property. The suspect turned around and fired six shots at the homeowner, according to Baxley.

The homeowner was not injured and the suspect ran from the scene.

The incident was captured on the Ring camera, according to deputies.

SLED is on the scene using dogs to track the suspect.

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