Four Chester residents are facing multiple charges including attempted murder after allegedly shooting at a man at a Union nightclub and then again as he pursued them down the Jonesville-Lockhart Highway early Saturday morning.
Tevin Deonta Fair, 19, 737 Meadowbrook Road, Chester; Kiama Hason Sanders, 19, 789 Charitty Road, Chester; Cedric Jamaris Brown, 22, 5681 Woodsferry Road, Chester; and Najahwan Abdul Woodard, 18, 573 E. 2nd St., Chester, are each charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with attempted murder, discharging a firearm at a vehicle, unlawful carrying of a handgun, simple possession of marijuana, and open container. Fair, Sanders, and Woodard are also charged with minor in possession of beer.
The incident report states deputies were dispatched shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday to 1104 Jonesvile-Lockhart Highway, Union, in reference to shots being fired. One of the responding deputies was in the area and had heard the gunshots. When the deputy arrived, he spoke with a couple of individuals outside the nightclub who said that the shots had been fired from a black SUV occupied by four African-American males who’d been in the club earlier. While they didn’t know the names of the four males in the SUV, the witnesses said they did know they were from Chester. The witnesses said that after the shooting, the SUV had left the scene heading towards Lockhart on the Jonesville-Lockhart Highway.
While at the scene, deputies were advised by dispatch that they had the victim on the line who was telling them that he was following the SUV involved in the shooting and that the occupants were firing shots at him again in the area of the 3000 block of the Jonesville-Lockhart Highway. Dispatch said that the victim stated that the occupants of the SUV had fired at him at the nightclub. Deputies were then advised that the victim would be waiting for them at a convenience store on the Jonesville-Lockhart Highway to speak with them about the incident.
When the deputies arrived, the victim told them he’d been parked in front of the nightclub when he noticed the occupants of the black Chevrolet Suburban were firing from their vehicle in his direction. He said that his green 1997 Honda Accord had been hit during the incident. The report states the responding deputy observed damage to the roof of the victim’s vehicle which appeared to be the result of a bullet hitting it. He also observed damage to a rain guard over the front passenger side window.
The report states deputies located a black 2003 Chevrolet Suburban fitting the witnesses and the victim’s descriptions traveling on the Jonesville-Lockhart Highway toward Chester County. Deputies activated their blue lights and sirens and performed a felony traffic stop approximately one mile inside Chester County. Deputies with the Chester County Sheriff’s Office had been notified of the traffic stop and assisted their Union County counterparts at the scene.
After stopping the vehicle, the report states deputies noticed the back window of the vehicle was missing and appeared to have been either broken or shot out. The four men inside, later identified as Fair, Sanders, Brown, and Woodard, were then asked to exist the vehicle individually and terry frisked for possible weapons. While they frisked and spoke with them, the report states deputies smelled the odor of alcohol coming from each of the four men.
When questioned, the four said they’d been fired on while at the nightclub and were trying to get away. They said they did not shoot at anyone and that there were no guns in their vehicle. They said they’d been fire upon from the victim’s vehicle and that he’d fire upon them while he was driving. The report, however, states that while at the convenience store where he’d met with deputies, the victim had given them permission to search his car and that the ensuring search did not turn up a firearm or any sign of one having been fired from the vehicle. While being questioned, the victim said he did not have a gun and did not shoot at anyone at anytime during the incident, but that the occupants of the SUV had fired at him multiple times.
The report states that Sanders, who was driving the SUV, gave deputies permission to search it for possible weapons. The ensuing search turned up a 9mm handgun and a cigarette box containing a clear plastic baggy. The baggy is described as containing a green plant-like material believed to be marijuana. The report states deputies also found a .380 caliber handgun and .40 caliber handgun around a cup holder in the rear third row passenger seat on the driver’s side. A spent .380 caliber shell casing and a bullet fragment were found in the rear passenger side floorboard area. A spent .380 caliber shell casing was found in the rear cargo area of the vehicle and an open can of beer on the front center console. Deputies also noticed what appeared to be bullet damage to the rear driver’s side headrest, to the front driver’s side headrest, and a hole in the front windshield.
When advised of what had been found, the report states Fair, Sanders, Brown, and Woodard became uncooperative, with none of them claiming ownership of the items found in the SUV or involvement in the incident. The four were then placed under arrest and transported to jail. Photos were taken of the vehicle and, along with the weapons, shell casings, and bullet fragments, deputies collected the men’s cellphones and the baggie containing the green, plant-like substance.
Later that day, deputies returned to the nightclub and found three additional 9mm shell casings in the area where the witnesses and the victim said the shots were fired. These too were collected as evidence.