Cops: Third family member dead after SC boy shoots relatives

Rachel Gaston Lankford (Source: WYFF)
Rachel Gaston Lankford (Source: WYFF)
Joe Robert Lankford (Source: WYFF)
Joe Robert Lankford (Source: WYFF)

SPARTANBURG, SC (WIS) - An 80-year-old South Carolina woman who police say was shot by her 14-year-old grandson has died from her injuries.

The Spartanburg County Coroner's Office says Rachel Gaston Lankford died at the hospital Friday afternoon where she had been in critical condition since Tuesday's shooting at a Spartanburg home.

Neighbors say they are stunned by the accusation that a 14-year-old South Carolina boy they knew as a well-mannered kid is the same teen police say shot and killed members of his family.

Spartanburg Public Safety officials say the teen called around midnight Monday and said he had shot three people.

The Spartanburg County coroner's office says 44-year-old Joe Lankford and 83-year-old Virginia Gaston were also killed.

Capt. Art Littlejohn says the teen came out of the house with his hands up and was taken into custody.

Neighbor Barry Taylor says he spent the weekend with his 9-year-old grandson and the teen suspected in the shootings and didn't notice anything unusual. The boys had played together for the past two years.

The teen has not been charged, and his name has not been released. Police say the boy's father gave him the .22 rifle gun used in the shootings as a birthday present.

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