Coroner identifies six-year-old victim in Orangeburg shooting

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Published: May. 14, 2022 at 1:27 PM EDT|Updated: May. 14, 2022 at 1:29 PM EDT
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Monday afternoon the Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office identified the child in the shooting. Winston Hunter, 6 of McClain St. North, SC was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, 2022.


Officials from Orangeburg County say deputies are working an investigation into a late-night drive-by shooting of a child.

Deputies say the incident happened on Friday, May 13, around 11:35 p.m. when a vehicle drove past a McClain Street residence in the town of Woodford and opened fire.

Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said a six-year-old child was struck and died from injuries caused during the drive-by shooting.

“I can think of no more clear example of a cowardly act than what has happened here,” he said. “If you may have or know someone who may have any tidbit of information connected with this, I urge you to call us.”

Community members are asking for answers.

Josh Albert, a resident of Woodford said of the shooting,

“To know that you can’t even walk, can’t even live your life, without being in harms way... that is... people are scared to actually live. I am not scared to live, but I fear for others.”

Albert said of the currently unidentified shooter, “Kind of like cowards to actually take a 6-year-old’s life and have no type of remorse.”

If anyone has any information, they are urged to call the OCSO at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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