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Deputies make second arrest in shooting that killed child

Lexington, S.C.Lexington County deputies have made another arrest in a case that began earlier this month when a gang-related shooting resulted in the death of an 11-year-old girl and wounded another girl.

DeCarlos Terrell Chatman, 36, is charged with unlawfully possessing a handgun because he has been convicted of a crime of violence, according to an arrest warrant. Chatman, a Batesburg-Leesville resident, turned himself in Saturday.

“Chatman fired multiple shots from a semiautomatic handgun while he was at the Madera Road scene near Batesburg-Leesville the night of June 9,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “Multiple witnesses have confirmed this to us.”

Chatman’s shots happened before an exchange of gunfire between multiple parties, according to Koon.

“We’re still hard at work on this case,” Koon said. “We said from the start that information from the community would be helpful to us and that’s what turned our attention to Chatman.”

Koon said anyone with information about the events on Madera Road earlier this month can share the information anonymously on the Crimestoppers app or by calling 888-274-6372.


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