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Police arrest Richmond Hill shooting suspects after chase ends in SC


Police and SWAT have arrested five shooting suspects at the Deer Run Apartment Complex in Hardeeville.

According to Richmond Hill Police Chief Billy Renyolds, the incident began on Estill Drive at Exchange Street in Richmond Hill. Four black males attempted to break into a car when the owner of the vehicle confronted them.

The owner was then shot and the four suspects fled the scene in a black Dodge Charger. SCMPD officers saw the vehicle and chased the suspects into South Carolina. A police helicopter tracked the car to the Deer Run Apartment Complex in Hardeeville.

When police arrived, they found the vehicle, but the suspects had fled. 

Police apprehended the five suspects after a tense standoff. SWAT members entered an apartment and pulled each suspect out one by one with the help of a K9.

"I didn't know what to do," said Latehral Robertson. "I was scared because I'm not used to situations like this. All I could do is follow what the police were saying, so that is what I did."

Neighbors reported the suspects running around the complex looking for cover as a police helicopter circled overhead.

One neighbor said she cursed the men out and told them to get off her porch. But Robertson says she'd left her door unlocked.

"Nobody should've been in my house," she said.

Robertson said she found out something was wrong when her mother called her to tell her police had her apartment surrounded. She came home from Bluffton and unlocked the door so a SWAT team could get inside.

"I followed everything they wanted me to do. I did it for them," she said.

But Robertson was served with an eviction notice on Thursday night. Her apartment is government-subsidized, and now the South Carolina Housing Authority is kicking her out of her apartment.

"I didn't have nothing to do with it, but I got a notice, so I have to go," she said.

And Robertson doesn't live alone.

"My little boy," she said. "He's six years old."

And she's expecting a second child in February. Here's what she'd hoped to hear from her landlord.

"Was I okay? Is your kid okay?" she said.

The letter sites "serious activity" by Robertson or her guests as the reason she's getting evicted. She has 14 days to pack her things.

"I shouldn't feel like I'm a victim twice. Somebody ran in my house, and now I'm getting put out."

The man that was shot was airlifted to Memorial. He is now out of surgery and his condition has stabalized.

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