Conway man facing attempted murder charge in weekend shooting

troot@thesunnews.comMarch 10, 2014 

Ryan O'Neil Sumpter

A Conway man, who was charged in November with attempted murder in a church parking lot shooting, was arrested Saturday and charged with attempted murder in another shooting, according to authorities.

Ryan O’Neil Sumpter, 31, was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 7:36 p.m. Saturday and charged with attempted murder and possession of firearms and ammunition, according to jail records. Sumpter is being held on $15,000 bond on the charges.

Horry County police were called at 5:20 p.m. Saturday to 8151 Ole Bellamy Drive in Conway for a shooting and found a 37-year-old man being treated by EMS for a gunshot wound, according to a police report. The victim told police that his cousin “Pookie” shot him and identified him as Sumpter.

Officers had taken Sumpter into custody soon after arriving at the scene, according to the report. Witnesses also told police they saw Sumpter fire multiple gunshots at the victim. A 54-year-old man also told police that Sumpter shot the rear window of his Ford Expedition and officers collected five .45-caliber shell casings from the area where the shooting occurred.

In November, Horry County police also charged Sumpter with attempted murder in connection with a 24-year-old man being shot at while he walked along Bucksport Road, according to authorities.

But that charge was dismissed on Jan. 23, according to the Horry County Public Index.

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