Shooting 02

Zykevious Ramsey’s sister, Jada Leverette, said her brother was a loving, quiet and kind person, and she didn’t know who or why someone killed him early Tuesday morning.

As another family started mourning Tuesday, Greenwood law enforcement had another shooting on their hands to solve.

Zykevious Ramsey, 22, was shot early Tuesday morning on the steps of his apartment and later died while at the hospital. About two weeks earlier, Cody Hawkins was shot in an apparent drive-by shooting May 19 on Pearl Street, close to Osborne Avenue. Hawkins had been standing with friends at about 3 a.m. that morning when a drive-by shooting left him hit once with a bullet that would later kill him, according to officials.

While investigators were still interviewing witnesses and scouring evidence, like video from nearby security cameras along Pearl Street, for any leads, they had to begin working on the next shooting. Three days following Hawkins’ slaying, police found about 40 shell casings in the area around 526 Sumter St.

The shooting on Sumter Street happened at 8:45 p.m. May 22, and while a car and two apartments were damaged, no one was injured. Officers spoke with several witnesses who described the vehicle the shooters were in, but have been unable to identify any suspects.

No one was hurt when multiple shots were fired early Saturday in the area of Piedmont Avenue and Edgefield Street. Police recovered six shell casings and spoke with witnesses who heard the shooting, but didn’t see the car the shooter drove by in, according to a report. Bullets damaged the window of a residence and shot through a TV inside.

Then at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Greenwood police found Ramsey sitting on the steps outside his Thornbrook Court apartment with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to Self Regional Medical Center for treatment, where he died of his injury.

Police department Public Information Officer Jonathan Link said investigators are continuing to work with the information they’ve gathered in each of these cases, and that they’ve tried to get more information through interviewing witnesses and other people of interest.

Link said Maj. Hugh Butler, who oversees the detectives division, said officers are making progress with the evidence they have, but there is no new information detectives can release right now.

Anyone with information on any of these shootings is urged to contact police by calling 864-942-8407, sending them a message through the department’s Facebook page, or through the anonymous online tip form at cityofgreenwoodsc.com/departments/police/submit-an-anonymous-tip.

With these two most recent homicides, the number of unsolved slayings in recent years for Greenwood County climbs to four. While police work to find the people responsible for killing Hawkins and Ramsey, they are also still investigating the July 15, 2018 shooting death of Quatavious Freeman. The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office is working to solve the case of 18-year-old Tadarrius Robinson, who was found fatally shot on July 25, 2018 at 103 Wheatfield Drive.

Anyone with information on those cases is urged to call law enforcement. The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office can be reached at 864-942-8632, or by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Contact staff writer Damian Dominguez at 864-634-7548 or follow on twitter @IJDDOMINGUEZ.