The Southern Patriot

Norwalk, CA

#1 Dec 23, 2008
2 shot after high-speed chase

By JASON WERMERS
Item Staff Writer
jwermers@theitem.com

Two men were recovering from gunshot wounds Monday after a high-speed chase through northern Sumter County that ended when a car spun out of control and careened into a fence at S.C. 441 and U.S. 521 in Dalzell early Sunday, deputies said.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office reported the incident, which started reportedly about 5 a.m. Sunday as a heated exchange of words between the occupants of a 1996 Chrysler Sebring and a sport-utility vehicle when they were stopped next to each other at a red light on Thomas Sumter Highway (U.S. 521) at Alice Drive, right at the Sumter city line.

During that exchange, someone from the SUV reportedly threw a can or bottle of beer at the car, hitting the windshield. When the light turned green, Thomas Williams, 21, the driver of the car, reportedly proceeded northbound on U.S. 521, closely followed by the SUV.

Williams, of Beckwood Road, reportedly told deputies he drove at a high speed in an attempt to lose his pursuer, but the SUV kept pace.

Nine mileslater, Williamsreportedly made a U-turn at Spencer Road to go back south on U.S. 521 in Rembert. The SUV continued to follow, according tot he report. Williams’ passengers reported hearing several gunshots from the SUV as the car made the U-turn, deputies said.

Williams took the exit for Peach Orchard Road (S.C. 441), about two miles south of Spencer Road, but lost control, according to the report. The car slid off the road and smashed through a fence on Peach Orchard Road in Dalzell, which happened to be where one of Williams’ passengers, Daniel McElveen, 29, lives, according to the sheriff’s office.

When the car came to a rest, the SUV had stopped nearby on the road, authorities said. Several more shots were fired from the SUV, hitting car passenger Antoine Abrams, 19, of Dalzell, in the left knee and left arm, and his brother Matthew Abrams, 18, in the left shoulder, the incident report says. The report said the SUV then left. Neither injury was life threatening, according to authorities.

Williams called his brother, Frank Williams, who drove the Abrams brothers to Tuomey Regional Medical Center, where they were treated for the gunshot wounds. Frank Williams also reportedly called the sheriff’s office to report the incident.

No further description was available on the SUV or the suspects. No arrests had been made as of Monday.

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