Stephen O'Neal Neeley II
Stephen O'Neal Neeley II
A north Greenwood man faces several charges following reports of a shooting and a beating, both of which occurred early Sunday morning.
Stephen O'Neal Neeley II, 28, of 2220 Montague Ave. Extension, was charged with attempted murder, attempted armed robbery, possession of a weapon during violent crime, and third-degree assault and battery by mob (bodily injury results) in connection with the incidents.
Greenwood County deputies responded to Dazzle Car Wash, located near the Bi-Lo at 108 Furman Burton Road, just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday after gunshots rang out.
According to incident reports from the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, a deputy patrolling the area near Highway 25 North and Northside Drive responded to the Hickory Point located at the intersection one minute after hearing the gunshots. A witness told the officer a group of people were fighting at the carwash just prior to the gunshots. The witness said the groups left in two different cars, one headed toward Greenwood and the other headed toward Hodges.
Officers found a spent Federal .40-caliber Smith and Wesson shell casing and a metal bullet jacket lying near the washing bay of the car wash.
Deputies responded to Self Regional Medical Center to talk to one of the victims, who said he and friend went to the car wash to buy a 9mm Smith and Wesson pistol from a white male for $150. The victim said he and his friend encountered two white males at the scene of the supposed buy, and one of the men "freaked out" and attempted to rob the victims. He told officers one of the men then shot his friend in the back of the left arm and the two jumped into their vehicle and fled the scene.
Both victims indicated the suspect exited the vehicle at some point and began yelling for his cohort to hurry up and rob the men. He then began assaulting shooting victim moments before the gunshots rang out. Deputies visited that victim in the hospital, and he identified the suspect through a photo lineup. Officers also recovered the bullet fragment from the man's arm.
The two suspects implicated in Sunday morning's shooting were also identified as being involved in an attack in Bradley less than an hour after the shooting. That incident occurred about 1:15 a.m. Sunday along Weaghington Road.
The victim of the attack told officers the two men came to his house and began attacking him as they spoke in a storage room near the carport of the residence. He said one of the men struck him on the side of the face and head, and when he fell to the ground, they began kicking and beating him.
The victim, who suffered cuts, bruises and swelling, told officers the attack seemed to be about a female. He said one of the suspects thought he was involved in a sexual relationship with the woman.
Neeley was taken into custody Thursday night by GCSO detective Dale Boyer, who investigated the shooting. Officials said investigators are still on the lookout for the second suspect. Capt. Jarvis Reeder, GCSO's chief investigator, applauded Boyer's work on the case Tuesday.
"Investigator Boyer really stepped up to the plate," Reeder said. "He really went above and beyond and responded to the series of events. As a result, he and uniform patrol identified the suspects in a timely manner."