Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell says four people were killed and a child was seriously wounded during a shooting inside a home in Holly Hill Wednesday morning, a crime he says appears to be “isolated.”
Ravenell gave an update to reporters Wednesday afternoon, where he said the person responsible is still at large. “We will not rest until we arrest the person who killed these individuals,” Ravenell promised the public.
Ravenel said at 6:48 a.m., an unknown man made a call to them reporting an emergency at a home on Old State Road. Officers were able to reach the scene, which is located on an isolated stretch of the road surrounded by woods, approximately 15 minutes later.
When they arrived, officers found the body of one of the victims on the lawn out front. The other victims were discovered in bedrooms inside the house.
An eight-year-old child who was hit by gunfire was airlifted to the hospital for treatment, and at this time, the exact condition of that victim is unknown.
Orangeburg County Coroner Samuetta Marshall identified the victims as 14-year-old Tamara Perry, 17-year-old Shamekia Sanders, and 28-year-old Krystal Hutto. Ravenell said man who was killed has not been identified yet because officials haven’t been able to locate his family.
Ravenell would not say how the victims were connected to each other. Autopsies on the victims are set to take place Thursday at the State Law Enforcement Division lab in Newberry County.
While the motive for the crime is not yet known, Ravenell said information collected so far has led his investigators to conclude that the crime is isolated, and not a random attack. A green 1990s Mercedes, believed to be connected to the case, was found burned out along a highway in the town of Vance, about 15 miles away