WALTERBORO - Three people were arrested Thursday after a drive-by shooting and police chase that ended when the suspects' car crashed into a day care center.
According to a news release from the Colleton County Sheriff's Office, deputies heard several gunshots in the area of South Memorial Avenue about 6:40 p.m. and noticed a car speeding away from the neighborhood. The deputies tried to stop the car, but the driver refused to stop and ended up plowing into the building at 1303 Rivers St.
The address is listed as being the location for Betty's Tots, a child-care center. Sheriff's Lt. Amye Stivender said no children were at the day care center when the incident took place. One of the occupants ran away from the scene, but was later apprehended, the release said. A handgun was found near the wrecked car.
Investigators determined that the three suspects had earlier driven by a residence on South Memorial Avenue and opened fire on two people who were standing outside. No one was injured, the release said, but there was property damage from the bullets.
Quinton Brown, 20, of Sheldon Court, and Tyrone Choice, 21, of Sniders Highway, as well as a juvenile suspect whose identity was not released, were each charged with several counts of attempted murder, unlawful carrying of a firearm and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, the release said. All three were still in custody Friday, Stivender said.