SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – 4 young men are accused of committing a violent crime that could land them in jail for up to 30 years.
“The stuff they’ve done to our family is unacceptable,” said Javier Harrejon, the victim’s uncle, told 7News.
The 4 men arrested are 18-year-old Takys Hawes, 20-year-old Chizon Richardson, 17-year-old Shyheim Suber, and 18-year-old George Waters Jr.
All are charged with attempted murder.
According to Deputy Solicitor Derrick Bulsa 15-year-old Mauricio Calderon planned to buy a cellphone through a smartphone app called Letgo.
Bulsa says Chizon Richardson, one of the suspects, set up the sale.
We now know the meeting to sell the phone took place on Wednesday at a mobile home park on Marlette Avenue in Spartanburg County. However, that afternoon things took a turn.
“A shot rang out on the porch,” Bulsa said. “That young man was shot in the back of the head behind his ear.”
The Deputy Solicitor says after the shooting Richardson tried to change his location on the app.
“He changed some information trying to suggest he was in Toronto at the time of this crime,” said Bulsa.
But investigators were able to track down the suspects through a digital footprint.
Once all 4 suspects were arrested on Thursday, detectives learned there was a 5th suspect involved.
“Some of them have named the shooter, who I believe is a 15-year-old,” Bulsa said.
On Friday at the bond hearing, Calderon’s uncle asked the judge to keep the suspects behind bars claiming they are a danger to society.
“We feel threatened. There’s been a lot of stuff put on Facebook through their families to our family about we are going to get smoked. That they are going to come to us and beat us up,” Harrejon said.
The judge denied bond for all the 4 suspects.
Calderon’s family says he is not expected to make it.
Hawes, Richardson, Suber and Water have an initial court appearance set for September 26th at 9 a.m.
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg County Sheriff’s office violent crimes investigators arrested four people on a charge of attempted murder following the shooting of a juvenile earlier this week on Marlette Avenue.
According to a sheriff’s office news release, investigators arrested Chizon Ghyrell Walker Richardson, George Albert Waters, Jr., Takyus Khalil Cartez Hawes and Shyheim Ne’tron Suber, all of Spartanburg.
We reported on Wednesday that Sheriff Chuck Wright said a juvenile was shot at about 4 p.m. in the 100 block of Marlette Avenue.
Wright said two men in a small white car were seen driving away from the scene.
The victim, identified as Mauricio Calderon, 15, was taken to the ICU at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System following the shooting, where he remains on life support.
7News spoke to Calderon’s mother, who told us she is holding out hope that he will pull through.
Sheriff’s Office officials said a possible motive for the incident may have been relate to an attempted robbery or after the sale of a cell phone, but that has not yet been determined.
Two of the suspects admitted to being at the scene when the shooting occurred.
According to the release, an investigation into the incident remains active and more arrests are possible.
“It is our understanding that the victim remains in critical condition at a local hospital,” sheriff’s office officials said.
During a bond hearing Friday, Richardson, Waters, Hawes and Suber were all denied bond and ordered to not talk to the victim’s family or other suspects.
On Friday in court, the solicitor’s office said they believe the shooter is a 15-year-old. It is unclear if that person has been arrested.