Lancaster, South Carolina May 31, 2018
An arrest has been made by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office in the Memorial Day shooting in Kershaw that damaged two homes. Deputies were dispatched to North Matson Street at about 5:30 p. m. Monday, May 28, 2018, to investigate a report of shots fired. Deputies spoke with the residents of a home on the east side of North Matson Street. One of the residents, a 16-year-old male, said three other males were walking south on North Matson and confronted him as he stood in the edge of the street. He said one of them produced a handgun and fired shots at him. Three other residents of the home, including Amard Bumpy Kendrick, age 19, confirmed the sixteen-year-old’s story.
Two homeowners on the west side of North Matson reported damage to their property from the gunfire. A resident on West 3rd Street a short distance off North Matson showed a crime scene investigator apparent gunshot damage to his glass front door, the siding on his home, and his carport. A resident across North Matson from Kendrick’s home showed the crime scene investigator six apparent gunshot defects to his fence along North Matson and to the front of his home. One bullet passed through the front wall, traveled horizontally just a few inches over the homeowner’s child’s bed, and lodged in the wall across the bedroom. The large caliber bullet was recovered.
The apparent trajectory of the bullets did not match the incident as described by Kendrick and the other residents of his home. An investigator questioned them further and recovered three handguns from their home, including a .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol. A witness to the shooting identified Kendrick as the shooter. Investigators believe Kendrick shot at two unknown persons shown on a neighbor’s video surveillance running from the area on West 3rd Street. A firearms examiner with the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) matched the fired bullet recovered from the child’s bedroom to the .45 caliber pistol recovered from Kendrick’s home.
Warrants charging Amard Bumpy Kendrick with Attempted Murder, Discharging a Firearm Into a Dwelling (two counts), and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Violent Crime were issued Thursday, and Kendrick was taken into custody without incident at his home later in the day. Kendrick appeared before a magistrate this morning, and bond was denied. A photograph of Kendrick is attached.
Sheriff Barry Faile said, “At least nine large caliber shots were fired across one of the busiest streets in Kershaw in a residential area. We can only imagine the outcome if that child had been in the bed. This is unacceptable behavior – there or anywhere. Our investigators did an outstanding job weeding through the dubious information they were provided in getting to the truth of this matter. Thanks to SLED for putting a rush on our request for ballistics testing which allowed us to move forward with arrest warrants.”
Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers in one of the following ways: dial 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab, or download the P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.