1 injured, 1 arrested after Laurens Co. shooting - FOX Carolina 21

1 injured, 1 arrested after Laurens Co. shooting

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Billy Leopard (Laurens Co. Sheriff's Office) Billy Leopard (Laurens Co. Sheriff's Office)
JOANNA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

One person was injured and another was arrested after a shooting in Joanna on Monday night, according to Laurens County deputies.

The shooting happened just before 7 p.m. at 629 Whitmire Hwy.

Lt. Judy Stiles, of the Laurens County Sheriff's Office, said she could not comment on the circumstances of the shooting. She said the victim was shot in the shoulder and taken to Self Regional Hospital for treatment.

Stiles said the suspect, 69-year-old Billy Leopard, was in custody.

Deputies said they had been called to the same location earlier Monday after the shooting victim had gotten into an argument with a tenant of one of the apartments.

According to the incident report, the victim was highly intoxicated Monday and continued to argue with the tenant. Deputies said Leopard, the apartment's owner, came and picked up the tenant and told the man to leave.

The gunshot victim came over to the apartment a second time after deputies left and busted out the windows, deputies said.

When Leopard returned and saw the busted windows, he ordered the man to leave once again or he would shoot him, the report said.

Witnesses told deputies that the man approached Leopard to talk to him and that is when he fired a shot through his left shoulder, according to the report. Deputies said Leopard was still at the scene with the gun when they responded the final time.

The victim was transported to Self Regional Hospital for treatment to his injuries and Leopard was taken into custody and transported to the Johnson Detention Center, deputies said.

Leopard was charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Deputies said the victim, 35-year-old Terrance Suber, will be charged with malicious injury to personal property when released from the hospital.

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