Dorchester County sheriff’s deputies identify second suspect in fatal nightclub shooting

  • Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013 3:48 p.m., Updated: Saturday, July 20, 2013 8:15 a.m.
Dashawn Trevell Brown is wanted on one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder in connection with a fatal shooting that happened in the Hudson Town community on July 14, 2013.

Dashawn Trevell Brown, 20, of Groves Street in Walterboro, is wanted on one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder, sheriff’s deputies said.

On Wednesday, sheriff’s deputies arrested Ikeal Emar Dacus, 23, of Bryant Road in Reevesville, on the same charges.

The arrest wasn’t Dacus’ first run-in with law enforcement.

Dacus was jailed in November 2008 accused of manufacturing and distributing cocaine. He pleaded guilty to a lesser possession charge and was released with time served, Dorchester County court records show.

Dacus had a run-in with St. George police again on July 3 when he and a friend beat and threatened to shoot a man in an armed robbery at the Country Hearth hotel, an incident report states.

The man told police he grew up with his attackers and chose not to press charges against them as a result.

Two weeks later, Sierra Denise Truesdale, a Trident Tech student, was fatally struck when shots were fired into a crowd outside Starlight Lounge, a nightclub in the Hudson Town community on the outskirts of St. George.

Truesdale was celebrating her 23rd birthday at the club when she was killed. She bled out in the back seat of a car as friends attempted to get her to a local hospital, deputies said.

D’Anna Deal, 23, of Walterboro, and Bryan Williams, 29, of St. George, also were wounded in the shooting.

Lt. Tony Phinney said a fight between Dacus and a Walterboro street gang known as the Get Money Cowboys prompted the shootout. Brown identifies himself as a member of that gang, Phinney said.

At least 17 shots were exchanged in the gunfire, arrest affidavits for Dacus state. Witness statements identified Dacus as one of the gunmen.

The shooting remains under investigation and more arrests are likely, Phinney said.

Anyone with information on Brown can call the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office at 873-5111 Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

Reach Christina Elmore at 937-5908 or at Twitter.com/celmorePC.

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