Warrants issued in Bojangles' shooting

Clevon T. Rogers

Arrest warrants have been issued for a suspect in the shooting of a fellow North Charleston Bojangles' employee who was hit four times during a botched robbery attempt last month.

Police are searching for Clevon T. Rogers, 19, in connection with the Feb. 4 shooting of Charles Hamilton outside the restaurant on Ashley Phosphate Road.

Hamilton was hit in the back and arm but survived the attack. Two men came at him from out of the dark wearing skeleton suits and skull masks and brandishing a small handgun, he said.

Hamilton identified Rogers in a statement he gave to police at least 17 days after the shooting, and after The Post and Courier had asked why authorities had failed to contact Hamilton for a follow-up interview.

In the statement, Hamilton said Rogers kept asking him to borrow money that day at work after Hamilton had talked about tax return money he was holding.

He also said he recognized Rogers' voice in the background when the man who'd shot him searched his pockets while he lay bleeding on the ground. Bojangles' officials did not return messages.

Reached Wednesday, Hamilton, 39, said he talked with police again earlier this week but did not know the arrest warrants had been issued for his alleged assailant by Wednesday afternoon.

"I hope they get him," Hamilton said from his North Charleston home, where he is recovering from the four gun shots that damaged vital organs and nerves.

Rogers is charged with attempted armed robbery and assault and battery with

intent to kill. He has no prior criminal history, according to a State Law Enforcement Division rap sheet check.

At the time of the incident, Hamilton said he thought the robbery was a joke. He was shot in the arm, and after struggling with the assailant, he was hit three more times.

The gunman who searched him found only a half-pack of cigarettes, not any of the money he had stuffed into his back pocket.

Anyone with information on Rogers' whereabouts should contact North Charleston Police at 554-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.