2 charged in connection with Hollywood gas station shooting

March 28, 2017 GMT

Two men face charges for their roles in a shooting at a Hollywood gas station, authorities say.

One of the suspects is accused of shooting a man in the back at an Exxon station at S.C. Highways 162 and 165, while the other man is accused of driving the getaway vehicle.

Kendell Lamont Jenkins, 29, of Bronson Road on Johns Island, is charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime. He was arrested Thursday.

James Nathaniel Westpoint, 33, of Scott White Road in Hollywood, is charged with accessory before attempted murder. He was arrested March 13.

Affidavits state Charleston County sheriff’s deputies responded to the Exxon on Feb. 9 and found the victim, Spencer Chaplin, on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to his back. He was transported to Medical University Hospital.

Chaplin told detectives he was pumping gas when a black car pulled up next to him. Jenkins got out, drew a gun and said, “How ’bout now?” before firing several rounds, according to an affidavit.

Several nights before, Chaplin and the suspects got into an argument at a Hollywood night club, but the men left without incident. Authorities said Chaplin was shot at the gas station without provocation.