One minute Rebecca Marshelle Dewitt was pulling into her Walterboro driveway after a shopping trip with her kids — and the next minute she was dead.
Dewitt, 34, was still sitting in her car Tuesday night when she became “an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire” of a shootout that happened to be going on outside her home, Colleton County sheriff’s deputies said Wednesday.
The county Coroner’s Office identified the woman as Dewitt, a mother of three, who lived on Westside Lane in Walterboro.
She was struck once by a stray bullet that entered her vehicle as she sat in her driveway, Chief Deputy Ted Stanfield said.
Colleton County’s 911 dispatch center started receiving calls shortly before 8:30 p.m. concerning shots fired from at least two vehicles in a part of town known as the West Side, Stanfield said. The shooting occurred in a trailer park that sits behind a nearby Walmart, he said.
Details surrounding the shooting were still vague Wednesday.
Witnesses told deputies that they saw a vehicle drive down Westside Lane and turn around at the road’s dead end.
The vehicle encountered another on its way back, deputies said. The two exchanged gunfire just as Dewitt and her family returned home from the store, deputies said.
The woman’s family took her to Colleton Medical Center, where Coroner Richard Harvey said she was pronounced dead.
Deputies don’t know if anyone else was injured in the incident.
Two people arrived at the hospital that night in two vehicles, deputies said.
The second person, 28-year-old Deon Hampton, told deputies that he was struck while near the Walmart. Investigators have not determined whether Hampton was involved in the same incident that led to Dewitt’s death, Stanfield said.
Hampton was taken to a Charleston hospital for treatment, Stanfield said.
“With the community’s assistance, we will have a better chance of solving this hideous crime and bringing the individuals responsible to justice,” Colleton County Sheriff Andy Strickland said.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 549-1203.
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