Shots Fired at Citadel Mall, Woman Found Dead

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Shots Fired at Citadel Mall, Woman Found Dead

Citadel Mall in West Ashley

Citadel Mall in West Ashley

Citadel Mall in West Ashley

Citadel Mall in West Ashley

Sierra Wilson & Sophia Dingmon, Editors

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UPDATE 3/8 by Sophia Dingmon

Police officers were called on Tuesday, February 26, at 5:37 p.m. after a report of shots were heard in the parking lot of Charleston’s Citadel Mall.

The victim has been identified as Deja Dantley, 23, and the shooter, Cary Kejuan Janai Stephens, 28, has been arrested.

The couple was heard arguing over a prior date and a cheating relationship. During the argument, Stephens was sitting on his car’s trunk. After 10 minutes, Dantley walked away and got into her car, when Stephens hopped off the trunk and climbed into his own car before speeding next to Dantley’s car, driver side to driver side. “As the suspect was driving past Deja… [I] heard one gunshot as both vehicles continued driving” (Post and Courier).

Dantley’s car moved forward and crashed into several parked cars, allowing Stephens to flee the scene in his car.

At the scene of the crime, officers found a bullet shell; the same bullet that had gone through the driver’s side door and struck in her torso.

Stephens was identified by Deja Dantley’s mother, confirming him as her daughter’s abusive boyfriend, saying the relationship was toxic.

ORIGINAL STORY

On Tuesday, a shooting occurred at the Citadel Mall in West Ashley, leaving one woman dead.

It is said that a man and a woman were arguing in the parking lot outside the old JC Penny location (ABC News4). The police were called at 5:36 p.m. after shots had been heard. The man shot the woman while she was in the front seat of her vehicle, killing her, and causing her to crash the car. The man was able to drive off and get away (Live 5 News).

At 6:30p.m., the mall was released from lockdown.

The victim and suspect have not yet been identified. Anyone with information should call (843)-743-7200 and speak to the on-duty Charleston Police Department central detective.

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