Marquise Damarius Asomani of Charlotte, North Carolina was arrested on Tuesday for shooting at a group of Trump supporters that included children along a South Carolina overpass.
Asomani was driving on I-77 in South Carolina when he saw the people on the Sutton Road bridge, he allegedly pulled out a gun and started firing at them after passing them and yelling obscenties. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but they could have easily been hit by the gunfire, the Fort Mill Police Department said in a statement on Tuesday.
About 30 people had gathered and were waving American flags and holding up “Trump” signs, said Sgt. Bill Rhyne with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Fort Mill police say someone drove up I-77 last night and fired a gun at supporters of President Trump. They were waving flags from the Sutton Road overpass. Police say a Charlotte man is in custody this morning, pending charges. No one was hurt. More info soon.
— Greg Suskin (@GSuskinWSOC9) August 25, 2020
Marquise Damarius Asomani was charged with six counts of assault and battery, one count of unlawful carrying of a pistol, one count of pointing and presenting firearms at a person and possession of a firearm during a violent crime, WSOC reported.
There were two passengers in Asomani’s car who were released without charges.
Witnesses told Channel 9′s South Carolina bureau reporter Greg Suskin someone in a red car screamed profanities before opening fire on the group as they drove along Sutton Road.
According to police, witnesses said three men drove by on the bridge several times yelling obscenities at them. They said as the vehicle turned on to the ramp to northbound I-77, the driver continued screaming out the window before putting his arm out and firing several shots. The car then sped on to the interstate, according to the statement.
Angie Freeman said the gathering was a family event and that she was in the parade of cars when the gunfire erupted.
"Everybody was cutting up and having fun and laughing and everybody on 77 was blowing the horns and waving,” she said. “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.
The group of about 30 people had gathered and were waving American flags and holding up “Trump” signs, said Sgt. Bill Rhyne with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, WJCL ABC reported.
Rhyne said the gunshots came from a red Volkswagen Jetta that then drove off down a highway. A South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper who had just approached the area tried to catch up with the vehicle, he added.
Rhyne lost the vehicle on the highway, but other law enforcement officials ended up finding it later abandoned.
The vehicle was located behind an old abandoned building at Gold Hill Road and Deerfield Drive but officers say they saw another vehicle trying to leave the area that had a person inside who matched the description of one of the suspects. They then swooped in to make the arrest.
Asomani had his court hearing after being arrested for attempted murder and his bond was set at $75,000.