#UPDATE | August 3, 2021 (AP) – Authorities say the suspect in the killing of three people in rural South Carolina hopped on a plane after the shootings and was arrested hours later at a Florida hotel.
Greenwood County Sheriff Dennis Kelly said 3 people were killed in the shootings Monday afternoon inside a Greenwood County home.
10-year-old Shay Dinkins who was killed in the shooting attended Belvedere Elementary School the last two years.
The other two people killed in the shooting were 56-year-old Randy Perkins and 30-year-old Megan Dinkins.
Kelly told The Index-Journal of Greenwood a child was also hurt but managed to get out of the home and go to a neighbor who called 911.
Deputies say 36-year-old Jeffery David Powell was arrested several hours later at a hotel in Jacksonville, Florida.
The sheriff says the victims knew Powell, but deputies are trying to figure out exactly what led to the killings.
GREENWOOD CO., SC (WSPA) – Deputies are searching for a person of interest after three people were killed and another was injured in a shooting Monday afternoon in Greenwood County.
The shooting happened on Heddy Road around 3:00pm.
The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office said deputies, EMS, and investigators are at the scene.
Deputies said they’re looking for 36-year-old Jeffrey David Powell in connection with the shooting.
Powell is 6’2″ tall and weighs 260 pounds with a tattoo on his neck.
The sheriff’s office is asking any residents who see Powell to call 911 immediately and do not approach him.
The sheriff’s office said they do not yet know a motive for the shooting but investigators said the person of interest has a relationship with the victims.
Sheriff Dennis Kelly said two females and one male were died and one male was in stable condition at the hospital. Kelly could not confirm the victims’ ages.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division also responded to assist with the investigation.
According to Major Steve Morris with Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect has ties to the Grovetown area.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.