Deljavon Lamat Simmons Image: Al Cannon Detention Center

Charleston police on Friday announced an arrest in the Memorial Day shooting that led to nine people being shot and three others injured in Charleston’s Eastside. 

Police, detectives and U.S. Marshals Task Force officials took Deljavon Lamat Simmons, 31, of Charleston, into custody. He will face charges of five counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. During a hearing Friday afternoon, he was denied bond.

“Frankly, it’s a miracle that no one was killed in this shooting,” said Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds. “We cannot and will not tolerate these kinds of events anywhere in our city, and I commend our officers on the intensive, ongoing investigation that produced this arrest.”

Eight of the shooting victims were treated and released from the hospital, while one remains hospitalized in stable condition.  



The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the on duty Charleston Police Department central detective at (843) 743-7200. Anyone with information who wishes to remain anonymous is asked to contact Lowcountry Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.


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