Driver shot in head, 5 charged in Greenville

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA)–Police say five arrests have been made after a man was shot in the head while driving in downtown Greenville.

The shooting happened Wednesday afternoon on Rutherford Road near Main Street.

Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller said the driver was shot in the head from another car and a passenger in the victim’s vehicle was able to guide their vehicle to a nearby parking lot where it crashed.

“We’re not exactly sure what took place, but there was some altercation between the occupants of the vehicles. Some shots rang out and struck the driver of a vehicle, who also had a passenger who was not struck by a bullet,” Miller said.

“We have all three vehicles plus the victim’s vehicle in our custody, and we have five individuals in our custody,” Miller said.

Miller said two people were detained at the vehicles, two others were captured after a brief chase and one person was taken into custody after a hit-and-run.

The fifth suspect was reportedly involved in the hit-and-run crash and left the scene of that crash. Officers chased that person in the area of Wade Hampton Boulevard and Chick Springs Road.

The suspect was reportedly bitten by dogs during the chase, which allowed police to detain the suspect.

Investigators say they believe the shooting was not a random act and it appears everyone involved knew each other.

Five people were arrested in connection to the shooting:

18-year-old Jaquan Devonta Dodd is charged with conspiracy
19-year-old Curtis Lee Collins is charged with conspiracy and unlawful carrying of a firearm
22-year-old Damous Chavon Beasley is charged with conspiracy.
22-year-old Xavier Miguel Concepcion is charged with accessory after the fact and interfering with police
22-year-old Justin Dashun Miller is charged with conspiracy and interfering with police

Police say additional charges are pending and more people may be charged at a later time. The suspects are scheduled to have a bond hearing on Thursday.

The victim remained in the hospital in intensive care of Thursday morning.

Miller said at a news conference that officers found a gun in one of the suspect vehicles.

“We had officers nearby, so I think they did a great job trying to protect the scene, prevent stuff from being contaminated, evidence from being contaminated, and really securing the individuals who we believe are responsible for the shooting,” he said.

The shooting prompted a section of Rutherford Road to temporarily close on Wednesday afternoon and three nearby schools were placed on a partial lock down, while two elementary schools delayed dismissal.