LADSON -- Authorities say a conflict among teenage girls that dates back to a well-publicized brawl at the Flowertown Festival led a 17-year-old to intentionally strike two 15-year-olds with a car Wednesday.
Both victims were taken to a hospital with non-life- threatening injuries after they were hit by the suspect's car about noon on Owens Drive, Dorchester County sheriff's Maj. John Garrison said.
Deputies charged Shamirah T. Blake, 17, of Ladson with assault and battery with intent to kill, Garrison said. She is being held at the Dorchester County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.
Witnesses told investigators that the incident was at least in part tied to a March brawl that was caught on tape and later made headlines after it was posted on YouTube, Garrison said. At least one of the victims and a witness to Wednesday's incident were among the nine young women charged in the brawl, authorities said.
Investigators think Wednesday's attack was part of the ongoing confrontations, Garrison said. "There's some bad blood there," he said.
Blake was not charged in connection with the fight and had no previous criminal history as an adult, according to a State Law Enforcement Division criminal history check.
According to an incident report, the victims were riding in a car on U.S. Highway 78 when they saw the suspect driving a gold Toyota Camry. The suspect made an obscene gesture, the report said.
The suspect followed the victims to a home on Owens Drive and approached one of the girls, accusing her of sleeping with her boyfriend, the report said.
The two young women started fighting and had to be separated by others on the scene. The suspect got back behind the wheel of the Camry and hit the gas, striking the victims, the report said. The suspect then drove away.
A passenger in the Camry later told deputies that she knew where the car was parked. Charleston and Dorchester county deputies found the car in front of an apartment complex. The car had a cracked windshield and a large dent on the front hood, the report said.
The car's owner told police that the suspect was a friend of her daughter and had used her car in the past.