A Carlisle man has been charged with murder and is facing additional charges in a Sunday morning shooting incident that left a teenager dead and a second person wounded.
Chadrick Harold Johnson, 23, 851 Cambridge St., Carlisle, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with murder in the shooting death of Dequan Tyrone Jones, 17, 310 S. Church St., Union. Johnson, who was taken into custody Sunday, is currently being held in the Union County Jail.
The warrant for Johnson’s arrest states that on Sunday he shot Jones “several times with malice aforethought while at 400 Lukesville Road in the Buffalo area of Union County” causing Jones’ death. It further states that Johnson fired “several gunshots hitting several houses and several vehicles” in the area.
Johnson’s arrest was announced by Sheriff David David Taylor who said that deputies were dispatched at 2:34 a.m. Sunday after 911 received numerous calls about shots being fired in the Lukesville Road area. Taylor said that when deputies arrived on the scene they were told by owner of a tractor-trailer that someone had been firing a gun and that his truck and home had been hit by bullets. He said the witness also told deputies that two people had been shot and had been transported to Wallace Thomson Hospital in personal vehicles.
Taylor said additional deputies were dispatched to the hospital and were told by the emergency room staff that they were treating two gunshot victims. At approximately 4 a.m., Taylor said the emergency room doctor told him that one of the victim had died from his wounds. The deceased was identified as Jones who Taylor described as “a rising senior at Union County High School.”
The wounds of the second victim, who Taylor described as a 20-year-old male, were not life threatening.
The warrant for Johnson’s arrest states that the witness gave deputies “a sworn statement” that they saw Johnson in a 2005 Acura “firing shots at the scene.” Johnson was taken into custody late Sunday afternoon after turning himself in at sheriff’s office in the Union County Courthouse. In addition to the murder charge, Taylor said more charges will be filed against Johnson in the course of the ongoing investigation. He said there are more suspects wanted in the case and that he expects more arrests to be made.
Taylor said that preliminary results from the investigation have determined that more than one gun was used in the incident. He said deputies recovered one gun at the scene and are looking for the others.
Commenting on Jones’ death, Taylor called it “a senseless loss of human life of a young man who had his whole life in front of him. This will not only affect his family, but teachers and students will grieve the loss of this young man.”
An autopsy was scheduled to be performed on Jones’ body this morning in Newberry.
More details about the investigation, including arrests, will be announced by the sheriff’s office.
Taylor urged anyone with information about the shooting to call his office at 429-1611 or 429-1612 or CrimeStoppers at 427-0800.