Three people were killed and a fourth person was wounded during a shooting that took place outside of an apartment complex in Abbeville, South Carolina early Sunday morning.
According to our law enforcement sources, the shooting took place in the aftermath of a “confrontation” outside Hickory Heights Apartments on Cambridge Street in Abbeville – a town of approximately 5,000 people located ninety miles west of the state capital of Columbia, S.C.
It is not immediately clear what precipitated the confrontation, but the first “shots fired” calls to local law enforcement came in at around 3:10 a.m. EDT.
Abbeville coroner Ronnie Ashely has identified the three victims as 62-year-old Shirley Jean Jones, 26-year-old Steven Tinch and 24-year-old Johntavier Moss.
Jones and Tinch were pronounced dead on the scene while Moss succumbed to his wounds at a nearby hospital. All three victims were black.
According to our law enforcement sources, police are searching for an older model, black Mitsubishi Eclipse convertible in connection with the shooting. A special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team is also reportedly involved in the hunt for the suspected shooter.
UPDATE: An arrest has been made in connection with this case. According to SLED spokesman Thom Berry, 19-year-old Elijah Ty Rez Head was taken into custody at 1:28 a.m. EDT on Monday at a motel in Greenwood, S.C. The arrest was made by SLED, the Abbeville police department and the Greenwood County sheriff’s office. Head will be charged with three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. As with anyone accused of committing any crime, Head is considered innocent until proven guilty by our criminal justice system or until such time as he may wish to enter a plea in connection with the charges filed against him.
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