Man arrested in Berkeley County nightclub shooting

Shearon Bennett was booked into the Berkeley County detention center late Monday. Provided by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

A woman has been shot and is bleeding inside a bar.

A man in a white shirt is shooting a gun outside in the parking lot.

That's what some 911 callers described after a woman was killed by a stray bullet at a Summerville nightclub early Sunday.

The 911 calls, released Monday, revealed more information about the killing of April Infinger, 32, of Goose Creek, at 12:48 a.m. Sunday inside the Moonshine Saloon at 216 Myers Road.

Shearon Lamar Bennett, 33, was arrested Monday night on a murder charge, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office reported.

Two other people were earlier arrested on charges of hindering the investigation.

Cross residents Darrell Bennett, 45, and April Cartin, 41, remained jailed Monday in lieu of $75,000 bail. Each faces a charge of obstructing justice, sheriff's spokesman Dan Moon said.

Shearon Bennett, also of Cross, is suspected of direct involvement in Infinger's slaying, Moon said. They described him as about 5 feet 6 inches and 165 pounds.

The two Bennetts are brothers, Moon said.

Shearon Bennett is a felon with a lengthy rap sheet, according to the State Law Enforcement Division. He has convictions since 1998 for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, grand larceny, drawing a weapon, failure to stop for blue lights, resisting arrest and strong-arm robbery.

Darrell Bennett and Cartin have misdemeanor arrest histories. Darrell Bennett has a conviction for driving under the influence and Cartin for check fraud.

Infinger had been inside the nightclub when witnesses said she was struck by a bullet as people fought outside.

Witnesses who called 911 described the brawl and told operators that a man was firing a gun. Some gave a description of the suspect.

The recordings, obtained by The Post and Courier through a S.C. Freedom of Information Act request, depict a chaotic scene.

"There's about 20 to 30 ... people on this one person, and they're beating people up," a woman told a dispatcher. "You need to have the cops here."

A bartender said in a call that no one had been shot, but that a girl was bleeding in the back of the bar. The woman had been assaulted and had blood on her face, the bartender said.

During the call, many people started running into the club, the bartender said.

"Oh my God," she said. "Everybody just ran back inside, like the guy is coming back with the gun."

One caller, who had been driving toward the bar, described seeing bullets hit the ground. She saw a man in a white shirt shooting, she said.

In another call, a witness told an operator that a friend had seen the man involved in the shooting running into the Carnes Crossing neighborhood.

Witnesses told the newspaper that several punches had been thrown during the melee, and that at least 10 members of a motorcycle club had chased a bar patron into the parking lot.

Meanwhile, Infinger was inside celebrating a friend's birthday, according to her friend, Aubrey Cade.

Cade said she was saying goodbye to Infinger when she heard a "pop" and watched Infinger drop to the floor. She turned and saw a bullet had come through the wall from the parking lot, Cade said.

Infinger was married and had a 13-year-old daughter, according to Cade.

Investigators have released few details about the shooting at the Myers Road club, which sits between U.S. Highways 17A and 52.

Two witnesses told the newspaper that the bikers were members of the Misguided Motorcycle Club and that the man who ran out of the club was trying to escape the bikers.

Multiple people affiliated with the motorcycle club said members were trying to defuse an argument between two women when the patrons started throwing punches. They also said they were trying to protect everyone inside from the man with the gun.

In one call made to 911, a man said he was stuck in the bar, fearing for his safety. "We need to get out of here," the man said.

A representative from the Moonshine Saloon released the following statement: "The Moonshine Saloon family are deeply saddened by this tragic event and offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Infinger."

Paula Clark of Summerville said she can relate to the Infinger's family and their loss. Her son was killed outside the same bar in 2011.

The 61-year-old told The Post and Courier that she would like to see the club shut down.

"The club is not protecting the people. I think it should be closed because that club is no good," she said. "I'm a grieving mom and naturally I'm going to think there's nothing but bad there."

Clark's son, Richard Edward Duttine, 35, of Summerville, was assaulted on Aug. 6, 2011, and died later that day, according to authorities.

He was found unconscious outside the club, authorities said. Justin Johnson, 28, of Summerville, and Jonathan Powell, 28, of Ladson, were charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with his death.

Bryan Alfaro, 9th Circuit deputy solicitor in Berkeley County, said the case is still pending and a trial date has not yet been set in that case, but that the case will likely go to court during the first part of next year.

Clark said she hopes to see justice served in her son's case. She said it was difficult to see the news reports about Infinger's death at the club, and that it brought back painful memories of her son's death. Clark said her heart is broken for Infinger's family.

"My heart goes out to them. I know their pain and I know the road that they travel," she said. "It will never end because the death is so senseless. Nothing justifies it."



Andy Paras and Andrew Knapp contributed to this report. Reach Natalie Caula Hauff at 937-5594 or Twitter.com/ncaula.

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