For the second time in a matter of months, a fight on Charleston’s East Side ended with a child being shot.
The shooting early Sunday involved two groups of “rival rappers” and a teen accused of shooting an 8-year-old boy, according to arrest affidavits released Monday.
The incident happened blocks from where gunfire on May 22 at the Wraggborough Homes housing project in the area of Mary and America streets struck a 5-year-old. Tyreik Gadsden was left paralyzed after a stray bullet struck him while he was visiting his grandmother.
A witness to Sunday’s shooting told police that around 2:30 a.m., he was near the intersection of America and Jackson streets when he was confronted by a group of rival rappers who began hurling insults, the documents state.
The group warned, “Don’t come back ’round here!” just before someone passed a young man known as “Lil D” a small, black pistol. “Lil D” then pointed the handgun and fired shots into the crowd as people ran from the scene, according to the affidavit.
One of the bullets struck the 8-year-old in his left forearm, causing a minor injury. The boy was described as being “caught in the middle” of the fight. After the shots rang out, rival rappers yelled after the fleeing group, “Quit fakin’!”
“Lil D” has been identified as Deomontae Wallace, 16, of Ranger Drive in North Charleston and is charged as an adult with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, first-degree assault and battery, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
No bail was set on the aggravated assault charge. Bail was set at $300,000 for the first-degree assault and battery and weapon charges, according to the court documents. Wallace is being held in the juvenile detention center.
He was released in March from the Department of Juvenile Justice for unknown charges, according to court documents.
Wallace was identified by witnesses and the 8-year-old through a photo line-up that he was the one who shot him, the affidavit states.
Wallace’s aunt, Tianai Lee, said she believes police have the wrong person. She acknowledged that her nephew, who lives with her, has gotten into some trouble, but said it’s never been for anything as extreme as what he is currently charged with.
“This is unexpected,” she said. “His mother is going to die.”
Lee said Wallace was supposed to leave Monday for a military-type school in Columbia and that he comes from a good family.
“This is awful,” she added. “But sometimes bad things happen for a good reason. I told him, ‘maybe God took you off the streets for a little while for a reason. ... You live and learn.’”
Efforts to reach the victim’s family and the witness to the shooting were unsuccessful.
Police found the victim at the Exxon on Meeting Street, according to a police report. He was treated at Medical University Hospital and released.
Calvin Brown Jr., 27, of Hampden Court, remains jailed on two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime for the May 22 shooting.
A second man also was wounded in that shooting.
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