The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is searching for suspects in the homicide of a Moncks Corner man who died two weeks after being wounded when shots were fired through the walls of a backyard recording studio.
Sheriff’s spokesman Dan Moon said Jerrett Garnett, 34, who lived at 1615 Old Whitesville Road, died Wednesday.
According to an incident report, the Sheriff’s Office got a call at 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 20 about a possible shooting at 1495 Old Whitesville Road. When deputies arrived they found Garnett with a gunshot wound on his mid-back, and bullet holes in the walls of the recording studio and nearby vehicles.
Alonzo Chatman, 38, who lives at the home and is the owner of Pitch Black Entertainment, said Garnett was a musician who was working in the studio with three others when he was shot. Garnett also was a longtime friend, a husband and the father of three children, Chatman said.
“He was a good guy, quiet and humble. He loved his music and was well on his way to a very good career,” Chatman said.
Chatman said he also had been in the recording studio that night, but had gone into the house two or three minutes before the shots were fired. At first he thought he heard fireworks outside so he ran out to see what was going on, but didn’t see anybody.
He then rushed back to the studio, where he found his friends and fellow musicians on the floor, sheet rock blown apart from the walls and Garnett with a gunshot wound to his back.
Garnett’s injury didn’t look that bad, Chatman said, and none of the other musicians — all friends who had grown up together — considered the possibility that he wouldn’t survive.
Garnett was taken to Medical University Hospital, Chatman said, where it was discovered that a bullet had “clipped a part of his kidney. Then they had to remove part of his colon.” Garnett suffered complications and his condition continued to worsen.
Chatman said when people hear that the shooting happened at a recording studio, they often think of gangs and drugs. But that’s not true in this case, he said.
“It was just violent, crazy stuff,” he said. “It just sickens me.”
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