The incident occurred around 6:50 p.m. at an overpass on Interstate 77 in Fort Mill. The Black man, identified as Marquise Damarius Asomani, 23, of Charlotte, North Carolina – which is just several miles to the north of Fort Mill – is now in police custody.
According to witnesses, Asomani, who was driving a red car during the incident, screamed profanities at a crowd of around 30 people who were waving Trump banners and American flags. The witnesses also stated that there were at least two other cars who were yelling similar obscenities. These circled around to continue harassing the demonstrators at least twice before Asomani extended his arm through the window while “holding what appeared to be a handgun,” according to Maj. Bryan Zachary of the Fort Mill Police Department, and opened fire.
“Everybody was cutting up and having fun and laughing and everybody on the interstate was blowing their horns and waving,” said Angie Freeman, who participated in the rally. Freeman, along with several members of her family, was in a parade of cars waving banners in support of Trump at the time.
“We had all the windows down because we had all the flags out the windows, and it was very loud and it was four or five shots.” (Related: Kenosha rioters wield rifles against Sheriff's Dept. vehicle in latest escalation that shows Leftists are actively trying to spark CIVIL WAR.)
“You could tell that they slowed down and I just heard, like, ‘Da da da,’ you know, just three rapid shots – what definitely sounded like gunfire,” said Shawna Winter, another Trump supporter and witness of the incident.
“It was ridiculous,” said Matthew Ostrowski, another Trump supporter who participated in the demonstration. “There were kids everywhere.”
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Fortunately, an officer from the South Carolina Highway Patrol was in the area during the incident and heard the shots. As soon as the officer got to the scene, the demonstrators pointed him towards the vehicle. He followed it for a while but lost it after it exited the highway. The car was found later, hastily abandoned behind a closed business at an intersection just off the interstate.
As the state police conducted their investigations, they spotted a man who matched the description of the shooter in another car. They stopped the vehicle and found that it had three other occupants. They questioned the passengers, which led to the arrest of Asomani. The three other people in the vehicle were detained, but two of them were arrested without charges while another remains in police custody.
Fortunately, none of the pro-Trump demonstrators reported any injuries, and while they were disturbed by the incident, many of them have said that it has not scared them from participating in future rallies for the president.
“I think it's sad honestly that we're showing support for the president and you have to be nervous about somebody coming and doing this,” said Lindsey Portugal, a member of the committee that organized the rally. “I mean, that's just discouraging.”
“If anything, this incident energizes me more,” said Ostrowski. “It's done the same for many, many people.”
“I think it's a shame that we can't show our support for our president,” said Winter. “But this is not gonna stop me from supporting him, and it's not gonna stop me from flying my American flag again.”
Asomani has been charged with one count of unlawful carrying of a pistol, one count of pointing and presenting firearms at a person, one count of possession of a firearm during a violent crime and six counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. He is currently being detained at the York County Detention Center. His bond has been set at $75,000.
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