Man dies after shooting

Moncks Corner police remained at an apartment in St. Francis Villa after they used tear gas to clear it out. Police suspected an armed man was hiding inside, but they found no one there.

MONCKS CORNER -- Investigators were trying to determine if there was any relationship between a fatal shooting early Wednesday in upper Berkeley County and the search for a gunman who ran from town police later in the day.

About 2:40 a.m., Berkeley County sheriff's deputies were summoned to 113 Gladiola Way near Russellville, said Dan Moon, a spokesman for the Sheriffs' Office.

When they arrived, they found a man who had been shot, Moon said. Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury identified the victim as Chad Williams, 23, of Moncks Corner. Williams was taken by EMS to Moncks Corner Medical Center, where he later died.

Investigators remained on the scene much of the day, processing evidence and talking with neighbors, Moon said.

"We don't have a motive," Moon said. "And we don't have any suspects, not that we can release."

At 12:09 p.m. Wednesday, Moncks Corner police tried to stop a motorist for traffic violations, police Lt. Wendell Bowen said.

The driver tried to flee from police, driving the car into Shannonwood Mobile Home Park, where he bailed out while it was still running, Bowen said. The car hit two vehicles in the mobile home park, and the driver, who was armed, got out and ran away.

According to law enforcement sources, the man was carrying a military-style rifle. Bowen would not confirm the type of guns the man was carrying, but said there were two.

The gunman ran in the direction of St. Francis Villa, a housing project adjacent to the trailer park.

The abandoned car was registered to a woman who lives in an apartment in St. Francis Villa, Bowen said.

Police cordoned off the neighborhood, preventing some people from returning to their homes. They set up a perimeter around the apartment and asked for help from the sheriff's Special Response Team, Bowen said.

About 2:20 p.m., the team started firing tear gas canisters into the apartment. Almost an hour later, authorities entered the apartment and found no one was inside.

They also searched an apartment next door and found no one, Bowen said. Investigators remained on the scene for hours, searching for evidence.

Two guns were recovered along the path the suspect took while he was running, Bowen said.

Several authorities said they are investigating whether the two incidents are connected.

Police later identified the suspect as Dean Arte Lampkin, 24, of Cross. A warrant for his arrest has been signed, accusing him of failure to stop for a blue light, Bowen said. Additional warrants are expected to be filed today.

Lampkin was described as a black male, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, and 150 to 160 pounds. He was wearing a green shirt, dark pants and a green do-rag. He was still at large Wednesday night and should be considered dangerous, Bowen said.

Reach David W. MacDougall at 937-5655 or Andy Paras at 937-5589.