Man arrested in connection with Johns Island shooting, beating

Dashaun Livaughn Simmons

A 19-year-old Charleston man was arrested late Tuesday in connection with a fatal shooting and beating last week during a robbery of two Horry County brothers on Johns Island, according to court documents.

Dashaun Livaughn Simmons of Delano Street turned himself in, Maj. Jim Brady of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said this morning. Denzel Marquis Heyward, 20, of Harvey Avenue in North Charleston remains wanted on the same charges of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

Deputies arrested Quansantrina Jaeureka Rivers, 22, of West Surrey Street in North Charleston, who is accused of being a getaway driver, on Sunday.

The Sheriff’s Office says all three were involved with the death of 20-year-old Kadeem Ali Chambers and the beating of 17-year-old Jujuain Hemingway, both from Longs.

Sheriff’s reports say the victims met with Simmons and Heyward in the area of Cynthia Avenue around 11:30 p.m. May 16. Investigators haven’t said what the meeting was about.

Hemingway told investigators that he was ordered from the Mercedes his brother was driving and forced to the ground. Chambers exclaimed to the robbers that he had no money as the assailants stole items from the car’s trunk, according to arrest affidavits.

An altercation ensued, and Chambers was shot behind the wheel of his car, which crashed into a pickup parked on the roadside. He managed to tell deputies that a man named “Fat” had shot him, but he later died at a hospital, affidavits say. “Fat” was said to be Heyward, the affidavit says.

The firearm used in the killing was described in affidavits as a “rifle-type long gun.”

Hemington later told investigators that a man stood over him and fired a gunshot, but the bullet struck the ground next to him. He also was “kicked about his face and head multiple times,” but he managed to run down the street and through a neighbor’s yard to safety, the affidavit says. He was treated during a brief stay at a hospital.

A small car sped away from the scene, supposedly carrying three people. Affidavits say that all three suspects “did actively participate in the shooting ... and assault.”

Anyone who knows Heyward’s whereabouts should call the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office at 202-1700 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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Andrew Knapp is editor of the quick response team, which covers crime, courts and breaking news. He previously worked as a reporter and copy editor at Florida Today, Newsday and Bangor (Maine) Daily News. He enjoys golf, weather and fatherhood.