Lancaster, South Carolina March 14, 2019
Shooting on Belvedere Drive
Leonard Asante’ Shropshire, Jr., age 21, of Lancaster, was arrested for shooting into a home on Belvedere Drive in Kershaw this morning, Thursday, March 14, 2019. Belvedere Drive connects U. S. Highway 521 and Fork Hill Road just north of the Town of Kershaw where North Matson Street branches off Highway 521. Deputies were dispatched to the home a little before 9:00 a. m. for a report of shots fired. Four adults were inside the home at the time of the incident, including a female who knew Shropshire. She told the responding deputy Shropshire texted her a few minutes before the incident asking if he could come to the home to retrieve his personal items. She refused. Minutes later Shropshire began beating on the door but was refused entry. The occupants then heard shots as did nearby witnesses. Several gunshots struck the home, but no one inside the home was injured by gunfire. A male occupant of the home returned shots from inside the home. Shropshire was observed by witnesses running north.
Deputies notified the Lancaster County School District of the incident, and Andrew Jackson High and Middle Schools were placed on lock down. Additional deputies including a K-9 unit, investigators, and crime scene investigators responded but Shropshire was not located. When officers were satisfied Shropshire was no longer in the area, the school lock downs were lifted.
Deputies and investigators received information that Shropshire was back in the Lancaster area and found Shropshire on a relative’s porch on Parkman Avenue. Shropshire began running but was taken into custody without incident before he made it out of the yard. Shropshire was uninjured during the shooting and during his arrest. The 9 mm pistol investigators believe Shropshire used in Kershaw was recovered in the home on Parkman Avenue. The pistol had been reported stolen in Lancaster County a few days ago.
Shropshire is being held in the Lancaster County Detention Center. Warrants charging him with four counts of Attempted Murder, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Violent Crime, and Possession of a Stolen Pistol will be served upon him, and he will appear before a magistrate for a bond hearing Friday. A photograph of Shropshire is attached.
“It is fortunate neither the occupants of the home, the uninvolved witnesses, passersby, nor Shropshire was injured during this senseless shooting incident,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “The homes in the area are very close to each other and to a busy highway. Our personnel did an excellent job tracking down Shropshire in Lancaster and arresting him.”
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 http://www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab, or download the P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.