A man who escaped a shooting that took the life of his brother and a woman being held in connection with the death have given investigators chilling details about the killing on Johns Island.
Warrants released after a Monday bail hearing for the woman — Quansantrina Jaeureka Rivers, 22, of West Surrey Street in North Charleston — tell of two brothers being dragged from a parked Mercedes late Wednesday. Rivers told investigators she heard shots and two men she’d been driving around jumped back into her car, yelling at her to drive on.
The shots fired on Cynthia Drive were fatal to Kadeem Chambers, 20, of Longs, in Horry County. His brother, 17-year-old Jujuain Hemingway, managed to run to safety after being beaten.
Rivers is charged with accessory after the fact of murder, accessory after the fact of attempted murder and accessory after the fact of armed robbery.
Charleston County sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady said deputies are looking for the accused assailants, Dashaun Livaughn Simmons, 19, of Delano Street, and Denzel Marquis Heyward, 20, of Harvey Avenue. They face charges of murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, he said.
On Monday, Magistrate Linda Lombard set bail totaling $225,000 for Rivers.
After watching the hearing, a man who identified himself as Rivers’ father, but who would not give his name, said he wished to “apologize to the family of the deceased.” The man said he does not know the shooting and beating victims, or what the incident was all about, but said he hopes no one else gets hurt.
An incident report issued after the shooting said deputies who were first at the crime scene were told by Hemingway that he and his brother “got lost during their travels and ended up being shot at.” Brady said investigators soon determined there was a lot more to the story.
Brady said investigators can’t reveal yet much of what they’ve uncovered so far, but he said it’s believed the two assault victims and the two suspects intended to meet that night on Johns Island.
The purpose of the meeting remains undetermined for investigators, Brady said. He said a small amount of marijuana was recovered on a footpath near the crime scene, but investigators have not been able to tie the pot to anyone involved.
Deputies who responded to a report of a disturbance involving gunfire found Chambers in the drivers seat of the Mercedes sedan, bleeding from bullet wounds. The Mercedes had crashed into a parked truck.
Before being taken to Medical University Hospital, Chambers told deputies he’d been shot by a man nicknamed “Fat,” warrants served on Rivers state.
The warrants say Hemingway was found on a nearby street, and reported he’d been beaten and shot at. Chambers later died at the hospital.
Hemingway told investigators that while he and his brother were in a parked vehicle, they were pulled out and ordered onto the ground. Hemingway heard his brother tell the assailants, one of which was armed “with a rifle-type long gun,” that he did not have any money, according to the warrants.
Hemingway was told to open the trunk of the car, from which the assailants removed items. Using a photo lineup, Hemingway helped investigators identify “Fat” as the suspect Heyward, warrants state.
The warrants say Rivers maintained the men she’d given the rides to did not have the long gun when they got into her car earlier that night. According to the warrants, Heyward and Simmons said when they exited her vehicle they wanted to “Holla at friends.” She told investigators she saw the men standing over the assault victims. After hearing several gunshots, the men returned to her vehicle, and one was carrying “a long gun that he didn’t have before,” the warrant said.