Basketball game ends in shootout; 3 arrested

CLEMSON — Three men were arrested last week after Clemson Police said a game of basketball ended in a shootout.
During the evening of April 30, Clemson officers responded to a call of shots fired at Dawson Park, located at the intersection of S.C. 76 and Old Stone Church Road.
On arrival, officers found a group attempting to leave the area and received information that a second group had left in a blue Ford Crown Victoria. Officers stopped the vehicle a short time later.
Upon investigation, officers discovered that a pick-up basketball game had led to a fight between two men. According to police, one of the men got a pistol and started shooting across the basketball court.
Another man got a pistol from a vehicle and returned fire, officers said.
The investigation also revealed that a gym bag belonging to another person not involved in the fight or the basketball game was taken by one of the people who fled in the Crown Victoria.
Arrested the night of the incident were Quinton Xavier Bell, charged with discharging a firearm in an affray, and Demeatris Rashad Sims, charged with petit larceny. A warrant was also issued for Dechane Foster Earle, charging him with attempted murder.
Bell, 23, of Clemson, and Sims, 22, of Pendleton, were each released on a $500 personal recognizance bond.
On May 3, Earle, 21, of Pendleton, turned himself in at the Clemson City Police Department. He is currently being held at the Clemson City Jail awaiting a bond hearing before a judge.
No other charges are pending in the case, Clemson police said.