Orangeburg County to review response to cookout shooting that killed 3

This was the scene after a deadly shooting early Tuesday in Bowman.
This was the scene after a deadly shooting early Tuesday in Bowman.(WRDW)
Published: May. 29, 2020 at 9:04 AM EDT
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Friday, May 29, 2020

BOWMAN, S.C. — Officials in Orangeburg County plan to review the response to a deadly shooting at a Memorial Day cookout to determine whether emergency responders followed all necessary protocols.

Three people — Austin Lee Benjamin, 17, Malik Glover, 24, and Antonio Smith, 19 —

according to Orangeburg County Coroner Samuetta Marshall.

Five others were injured in the shooting that happened around 1 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Dibble and Rail streets, just off Charleston Highway.

Neighbors say around 100 people gathered for the Memorial Day cookout. They say it was family-friendly community event -- until gunfire broke out.


Dionne Summers lives in Bowman and heard the gunfire from her living room. She said she called 911 three times about the shooting.

“We kept calling asking when EMS is coming because it was critical. It seemed like it took them forever,” she said.

The first call to 911 at 1:06 a.m. reported gunfire at the gathering, Orangeburg County EMS Director Stephanie Givens told The Times and Democrat. Dispatchers didn't learn that someone may have been shot until 1:15 a.m., Givens said.

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No arrests were immediately announced in the fatal shooting. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating.

The Bowman Police Department requested assistance from SLED. Law enforcement from Santee, Holly Hill, Orangeburg and Elloree also responded.

Investigators have not yet released a motive or the names of any suspects. However, several neighbors say the shooting was gang-related.

From reports by The Associated Press and WIS.

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