SOCASTEE, S.C. (WBTW) — A GoFundMe has been created for a woman left with “life-threatening” injuries after a shooting Tuesday in Socastee.
As of Friday evening, the GoFundMe has raised more than $17,000.
Officers were called to Lake Park Drive Tuesday morning for a shooting, according to police. The woman was found in her vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds.
Dale Kent Turner, 33, was charged with attempted murder and possession sale or delivery of a pistol to, and possession by, certain unlawful persons, the possession of a weapon during a violent crime and second-degree domestic violence.
“Been here 21 years, so this is a first,” said Catherine Smith, who lives near where the shooting happened.
Neighbors said they saw a man use his pickup truck to chase a woman in her car through neighborhood streets. They said the chase ended in a driveway after the victim was boxed in by a school bus picking up a student.
“It was really disturbing,” Smith said.
Turner was arrested later that day after “a brief period of negotiation” in the area of Highway 111 in Little River, according to Horry County police.
He shot at the vehicle while it was in a driveway, according to an arrest warrant. The crime was captured on surveillance footage.
Turner is not legally allowed to own a gun due to previously being convicted of a violent crime, according to warrants.
On April 23, Turner allegedly pulled a gun on a person during an argument in Myrtle Beach, according to a newly obtained arrest warrant. He also threatened to kill her.
Turner had already been convicted twice for domestic violence charges within the last 10 years, according to the warrant.
Documents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division show that Turner has a long criminal history dating back to 2005. His 73 charges have included multiple assault charges, charges for receiving stolen goods, resisting arrest, attempted murder, hit and run, reckless driving, drug charges and unlawfully carrying weapons.
“For most of his rap sheet, it would appear that it’s simple possession type charges and generally speaking, it’s all up to a judge but most of the time that’s going to be less than 30 days,” 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said.
Richardson noted that Turner was credited with time served seven years ago on an attempted murder charge because the victim didn’t cooperate, adding that people with criminal histories like Turner are in and out of jail regularly.
Turner has been arrested three times this year on a total of 14 charges.
“He would be one of those perfect people for getting a lifetime achievement award,” Richardson said.
Richardson said the solicitor’s office will get the documents for the attempted murder and domestic violence charges within the next month and it could lead to a lengthy prison sentence for Turner given his criminal history.
Turner remains in J. Reuben Long Detention Center without bond as of Friday night.