Georgetown police: Man arrested for shooting friend

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCIV) -- Deputies in Georgetown arrested a man they say shot his friend Saturday evening.

According to sheriff's office officials, 53-year-old James Dewey Mercer, also known as Peanut, faces attempted murder charges.

Deputies arrested Mercer at the intersection of Georgetown Highway and Kent Road at about 1 a.m. on Sunday.

Police said Mercer called 911 around 8 p.m. and told dispatchers he had shot his best friend. Deputies said Mercer ran into a wooded area when they arrived at the Dutch Court home. Mercer's friend was taken by EMS to Georgetown Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, deputies said.

The victim told sheriff's deputies he and Mercer had been drinking together all day and began arguing shortly after 7 p.m., which led to a fist fight. The victim left Mercer's home and began walking towards his own house, deputies said.

Mercer went back into his home to get a rifle, and deputies said, then Mercer shot at his friend in the buttocks.

Mercer is being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center where he is waiting for a bond hearing.