JASPER COUNTY, S.C. (WSAV) – One man is in custody in connection with a string of shootings that happened in just two days in Jasper County — one that left a boy injured.
According to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), deputies arrested Malik Bostick on charges of attempted murder on Wednesday.
JCSO says he and two other suspects are believed to be involved in four shootings. Three of those happened within two miles of one another.
It started Tuesday night with a drive-by shooting on Jenkins Avenue just outside of Hardeeville. A man there apparently was hit in the hand.
Fifteen minutes later, shots were fired on Old Charleston Highway — bullets piercing a house and car.
Then a third occurred just 30 minutes later on Industrial Park Road where a man was struck three times in the back.
Investigators say the two suspects who opened fire knew each other, were fighting, and both are now on the run.
Bostick is accused of shooting at a home in Ridgeland with six people inside, including a child.
“That 10-year-old boy was in the house getting ready for bed,” said JCSO Sgt. Jake Higgins. “He was shot in the leg and transferred to the hospital.”
Investigators say the community helped make the arrest.
“We address the community on the scene and let them know what we are doing, step by step process,” Higgins said. “Just that communication of telling them what’s going on is, again, building that trust relationship and allowing these things to happen where we are catching the bad guy.”
Bostick is now facing six counts of attempted murder. One for each person in the home when he opened fire. He also faces a charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
“It is horribly frightening and its an act of cowardice,” said Higgins of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office. “To fire on people sitting in their home and their safe haven. It is just unacceptable and Sheriff Malphrus and the whole team we are on the same page and we aren’t going to allow that to happen.”
Anyone with any information about the Hardeeville area shootings is asked to contact JCSO at 843-726-7779.
“Violence will NOT be tolerated here. As your Sheriff, my staff and I will make sure that justice is served,” Sheriff Chris Malphrus shared on JCSO’s Facebook page. “Thank you for your support and pray for the 10-year-old boy and his family.”