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Brother discusses Summerville murder suspect's military past, PTSD struggle

Damage to the victim's windows. (Source: Bill Burr)

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- It took a matter of minutes for a bond court judge to deny bond for the man accused of fatally shooting a Summerville woman as she drove along a busy street Wednesday afternoon.

Jimi Redman, Jr., 32, told the judge he suffered from PTSD. But family members upset at Lynn Michelle Harrison's sudden death had strong words for Redman and had to be silenced by the judge during the hearing.

"You shouldn't go around shooting people's wives," said Harrison's husband during the hearing.

Calls for help from the scene of a fatal shooting in Summerville on Wednesday depict a man dressed in camouflage and carrying a rifle before firing at a seemingly random victim in another vehicle.

"Do y'all know about a guy in a red Jeep Liberty on Berlin G Meyers with a temporary paper plate and a rifle hanging out the window?" the first 911 caller asked dispatchers. "He was all over the middle of the road. Then he pulled over and brought the rifle up looking behind him like he was waiting for someone to come up behind him."

The man was told other information had also come in.

"He was in the new generation camo that the Army and the Marines have adopted in the last few years," the man said. "He's a big white guy."

Another call begins with a frantic woman screaming a single word: "Shots!"

The dispatcher asks several questions, trying to get information about the victim. The dispatcher did not ask about the location of the shooter.

"She's been shot and we saw the guy do it," the caller said. "She's been physically shot. She's been shot in the neck."

An affidavit provides more accounts of the incident from witnesses. One woman said she was behind Harrison's SUV and saw Redman gesturing at Harrison at one light, then pull up beside the victim at another and fire a single shot before driving through the red light.

The victim was identified shortly after the shooting as 57-year-old Harrison, of Summerville.

Harrison, who was on her way to visit her son for lunch on Old Trolley Road, died at the scene after she was shot in the neck, Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet said. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

Police also announced the arrest of the man they say fired the fatal shot.

Redman, of Texas, was taken into custody and charged with murder shortly after the shooting took place about 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Old Trolley and Bacons Bridge roads, Summerville Police Capt. Jon Rogers said.

Moments later, Redman was detained and then arrested. He immediately asked for an attorney, the affidavit states.

Redman was charged with felony DUI and public intoxication in Tarrant County, Texas last month, according to Texas arrest records.

Military officials confirmed Friday that Redman served in the Army Reserve from September 2004 to December 2011. Army Human Resources Command is in the process of gathering his complete service record.

His younger brother, speaking from Texas by phone with ABC News 4, said Redman was suffering from PTSD and a traumatic brain injury he received while station in Iraq from 2005 to 2007.

Joseph Redman said after returning from, Jimi Redman joined the Army Reserves for a few years before being discharged.

"It's not like him. He's never really done anything like that," Joseph Redman said of his brother.

The family is still trying to comprehend Jimi Redman's alleged actions as well as why he was in South Carolina. He says they have a family friend who was also in the military who lives in South Carolina.

Apparently, the friend had been trying to talk to jimi Redman the past few months about getting help for the PTSD.

Joseph Redman said right now the family speculates Jimi Redman went to visit that friend, but they are not certain. He had been in Texas as recently as Tuesday.

In fact, it was Tuesday that Joseph Redman got a text message from his brother that appeared to be a suicide note.

Joseph Redman says his brother went to work on Monday and returned home. Before lunchtime Tuesday, Jimi Redman had quit his job and texted his brother what's described as a suicide note.

A short time later, Joseph Redman said the state of Texas had an all points bulletin for Jimi Redman.

"That was the last we heard," Joseph Redman said. "No one knows what to say or think. We feel the loss of the family."

The Redmans are working on making it to the Lowcountry to see their incarcerated son, but right now it is unclear when they will arrive.

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