Fourth suspect arrested in Orangeburg County drive-by that left a six year old dead

Seth Phillips was arrested June 1, 2022 in relation to the Orangeburg drive-by shooting that...
Seth Phillips was arrested June 1, 2022 in relation to the Orangeburg drive-by shooting that killed six-year-old Winston Hunter.(Ontario County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jun. 2, 2022 at 1:14 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 2, 2022 at 6:50 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Investigators said a fourth suspect has been arrested in connection to a deadly drive-by shooting that left six-year-old Winston Hunter dead in Orangeburg County.

On June 1, 2022 the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office in New York was contacted by the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office about an arrest warrant for Seth Phillips. Phillips is charged with murder in connection to the May 13, 2022 shooting that killed Hunter while he was playing inside his family’s home.

In addition to Phillips, three other suspects have been arrested in connection to the shooting. They are:

  • Michael Lloyd, 20, of Illinois
  • Ethan Thorne Anderson, 19, of West Columbia
  • Jeremiah Harley 17, of New York

Lloyd was arrested in Ontario, New York.

Previously, Joshua Pettus was considered a person of interest in the case. Investigators said Thursday he no longer is one. He is not considered a suspect.

The 19-year-old Phillips is a resident of Farmington in New York and has been arrested as a fugitive. He is currently at the Ontario County Jail without bail and is awaiting extradition back to South Carolina.

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigators and SLED with a photo a fourth murder suspect Seth...
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigators and SLED with a photo a fourth murder suspect Seth Phillips, 19, of New York. From left Sgt. Lakesha Gilliard, Chief Chandra Gibbs, Lt. Marty Journey, Sheriff Leroy Ravenell, Captain Trista Baird of SLED’s Special Victim’s Unit, Chief Kenny Kinsey, SLED Special Agent Amye Stivender, SVU-Child Fatalities.(Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office)

Sheriff Leroy Ravenell called the family of six-year-old Winston Hunter to inform them of the latest arrest.

“I can tell you this is the last person that was in the car, but I can’t tell you this is the last arrest,” he said to the Hunter family.

Sheriff Ravenell says the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office, SLED, the US Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, Canandaigua City (NY) Police Department, Ontario County (NY) Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police, the North Police Department, and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department have all assisted with the investigation.

Chief Mark Keel, Chief of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division says we must all come together to keep communities safe.

“Solving the issue of violent crime that is plaguing communities across the state is going to take everyone - parents, teachers, community leaders, law enforcement, faith groups, legislators, prosecutors, judges, public defenders and mental health practitioners,” Chief Keel said.

Sheriff Ravenell also says he will not stop until everyone connected to Winston’s death is charged.

“We owe that to little Winston, we owe that to the community,” Sheriff Ravenell said.

An image from the services held for 6-year-old Winston Hunter, killed in a drive-by shooting in...
An image from the services held for 6-year-old Winston Hunter, killed in a drive-by shooting in Orangeburg Co.

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