Man sought after shooting

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bullet holes can be seen in the front of the house, feet away from children's toys

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Bullet holes can be seen in the wall of a home on Park Street in Bayview where a 39-year-old man was shot at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Children's toys and bicycles are scattered throughout the front yard of the home straight across from the Bayview playground.

Georgetown Police Capt. Nelson Brown said Mark Ellis was shot in the abdomen and underwent surgery at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. At last report he was listed in stable condition.

Brown said the shooter is believed Kwamane Edward Smith, 21, of 259 McKenzie Circle, Pawleys Island.

The Bayview home where the shooting took place is where Smith's girlfriend lives, Brown said.

“The motive for the shooting is believed to be drug related,” Brown said.

After the shooting, a SWAT team responded because it was believed Smith was barricaded in the home but he was not inside.

A neighboring resident, who asked his name not be used, said Ellis arrived at the house in a vehicle before the shooting occurred. He said Ellis got out of the car and forced his way inside the house.

Moments later is when multiple shots were fired, the neighbor said.

Brown, when asked about the neighbor's description of events, said police are not currently commenting on the facts of the case.

Brown did confirm the holes in the wall of the front of the home are “exit holes,” meaning the gunfire did take place inside the home and not outside. The neighbor also said the house where the shooting took place was raided by police Friday night.

Brown confirmed the Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Smith at the Bayview home Friday. According to Georgetown County Detention Center records, Smith was charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was released under a bond of $1,120.

Brown also said warrants have been signed against Ellis for drug charges.

Ellis reportedly fled from police when they attempted to pull him over on March 18.

Brown said the vehicle pursuit began near the intersection of Highmarket and Reservoir streets and ended minutes later when officers decided to suspend the chase.

Police are still looking for Smith. If anyone knows his whereabouts, call police at 545-4300 or call 911.

“Smith should be considered armed and dangerous,” Brown said.

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