Two arrested in connection to series of gunfire incidents in Sumter

Asiatic Jamaal Samuel, left, and Quintez Latroy Ford, right, have been arrested in connection...
Asiatic Jamaal Samuel, left, and Quintez Latroy Ford, right, have been arrested in connection to a series of gunshots in the Sumter area. (Source: SCSO)
Updated: Jun. 20, 2018 at 7:01 PM EDT
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SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Sumter County deputies arrested two men Wednesday morning in connection to a series of incidents involving gunfire in Sumter.

Quintez Latroy Ford, 21, is charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol and pointing and presenting a firearm after he fired shots in the air while at a home on the 200 block of Cedar Avenue back on May 4. Bond for Ford was denied by a judge on Wednesday. Deputies say he has a past conviction of armed robbery. He also has faced several other felony and misdemeanor charges including assaults and animal cruelty.

Asiatic Jamal Samuel, 19, is charged with pointing and presenting a firearm at a man while at a home on Reed Roman Road back on June 11. A $10,000 surety bond was set for him.

Both men are being held in the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

Deputies say a home that was struck with gunfire just after 11 p.m. on Monday, June 18 is the most recent incident connected to Ford and Samuel. The series of gunfire incidents are not random and deputies say the gunfire is between two groups that know each other. At least four other gun-related incidents have been reported this month in the Cedar Avenue, Webb Street, and Flamingo Road areas. Deputies say no one has been injured.

Deputies want to remind the public that if you should hear gunfire in your neighborhood, call 911 immediately. Details such as your location, the number of shots fired, the direction in which the shots were heard, description of and number of individuals/vehicles seen in the area will help officers in their investigation.

For more information or to report suspicious activity, contact the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2700. You can also contact Crimestoppers by calling 1-888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or visiting www.midlandscrimestoppers.com or www.p3tips.com and click on the "submit a tip" tab. Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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