Crime

August 1, 2014

Conway man indicted on attempted murder, weapons charges

A Conway man charged earlier this year in a shooting in a church parking lot was indicted by an Horry County grand jury, according to court records released this week.

A Conway man charged earlier this year in a shooting in a church parking lot was indicted by an Horry County grand jury, according to court records released this week.

Ryan O’Neil Sumpter , 31, is indicted on charges of attempted murder and unlawful possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent offense, records show.

Sumpter, according to police, is accused of shooting at a man as he ran through a church parking lot on March 8.

Horry County police were called about 3:30 p.m. March 8 after a 24-year-old man reported someone fired gunshots at him while he walked along Bucksport Road, according to the report. The victim told police that Sumpter was riding in a vehicle and stopped, got out and told the victim he recognized him.

The victim said Sumpter then fired a pistol at him, so the victim began running, according to the report. 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.

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, according to the report. The victim said he went home and called police.

Officers found a shell casing behind the church and a neighbor reported hearing a gunshot, according to the report.

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