Conway woman charged in shooting at church

troot@thesunnews.comNovember 13, 2013 

Nicole Parker

— A Conway woman was released Tuesday on $15,000 bail after Horry County police charged her with being an accessory to a shooting that occurred earlier this month in a church parking lot, according to authorities.

Nicole Parker, 28, of Conway was charged Monday with being an accessory after the fact to a felony in connection with the shooting. Parker was released Tuesday on bail from J. Reuben Long Detention Center, according to jail records.

Parker is the second person charged in the shooting that occurred Nov. 3 after a 24-year-old man called police about 3:30 p.m. that day to report someone fired gunshots at him as he walked along Bucksport Road, according to police.

Ryan O’Neil Sumpter, 31, of Conway was charged Nov. 4 with attempted murder and second-degree assault and battery and booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center. He remains held there on $30,000 bond.

The victim told police that Sumpter was riding in a vehicle and stopped, got out and told the victim he recognized him, according to an Horry County police report. The victim said Sumpter then fired a pistol at him, so the victim began running.

The victim said he ran toward a church and through the parking lot while Sumpter chased after him and continued to fire gunshots at him, according to the report. The victim told police when Sumpter fired the third gunshot that he fell down and Sumpter returned to the vehicle and a woman drove away.

The victim said he went home and called police, according to the report. Officers found a shell casing behind the church and a neighbor reported hearing a gunshot.

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