HOLLY HILL, SC (WIS) - Orangeburg's sheriff says investigators are following "some good leads" in a shooting that left two adults and two children dead and a third child wounded in Holly Hill.
"We believe this is an isolated incident, so we don't have anybody out there committing crimes, I hope," Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said.
The four victims have been identified as Jerome Butler, 50; Krystal Hutto, 28; Shamekia Sanders, 17; and Tamara Perry, 14; all of whom died at the scene, according to Orangeburg County Coroner Samuetta Marshall. Butler's identity was released hours after those of the other victims because it took authorities longer to notify his family.
Ravenell said deputies were called to the scene around 6:48 a.m. Wednesday and found Butler dead in the front yard of the home. After entering the home, deputies found Hutto dead in a bedroom. In another bedroom, Perry and Sanders were found dead from gunshot wounds.
"We are actively following some good leads," Ravenell said.
Ravenell would not say what led investigators to believe the incident was isolated. He said he was not aware of any previous law enforcement calls to the house.
Deputies noticed a green Mercedes that was known to be at the home missing from the driveway. The vehicle was later found about 15 miles away in Vance, burned.
"That car has a relationship to this house," Ravenell said. "That car has been seen here on many occasions."
He said investigators had not yet determined the relationships of the victims to each other. Autopsies will be performed Thursday in Newberry.
SLED and the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office are investigating.
"We will not rest until we arrest the person that killed these individuals," Ravenell said.
Wayne Johnson knew Krystal Hutto. He said she would often stop by to talk.
"It puts a lot of thoughts on your mind," Johnson said. "What could have gone on, what did go on. That's the first time in a good while I can remember something like that to go on."
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Shamekia Sanders to help with the cost of the funeral. To donate, click here. Donations for Sanders can also be brought to the Holly Hill Police Department from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
If you have any information about this shooting, you are urged to contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.