Sumter Police arrest 18-year-old for allegedly shooting teen girl


Sumter Police Department arrested an 18-year-old man Monday for allegedly shooting a 15-year-old girl at a Flamingo Road residence just before 10 p.m. Sunday.

According to a news release from the police department, the victim was shot after she exited a house on Flamingo Road while the shooting suspect, Jayshawn D. Easterling, of 660 Flamingo Road, and two other teens were talking on the porch.

The release refers to Easterling as an acquaintance of the victim.

The victim told officers that she felt something hit her back as she was walking down the porch steps and then saw the suspect run away from the residence.

The victim, whose name is being withheld because of her age, was taken to Palmetto Health Tuomey with a gunshot wound and was later transferred to Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia where she is in stable condition.

Easterling and the two other teens were later located and questioned by police.

The release states that Easterling, who was out on bond on an unrelated charge filed in January, was arrested and charged with attempted murder. He is being held at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center pending bond.

The investigation is ongoing.