EASLEY, S.C. – Three people were found dead inside a locked and running SUV in South Carolina by police who were searching for the vehicle in connection with another fatal shooting two hours earlier, authorities said.
All four deaths Thursday in northern South Carolina appear to be related and police weren’t looking for anyone else, Pickens County Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said at a news conference.
Hashe wouldn’t say if police thought someone in the SUV killed the others or would be a suspect in the first killing.
The first shooting happened in a parking garage in downtown Greenville around 5 p.m. Thursday, Greenville Police Chief Ken Thomas said.
Thomas called the killing domestic-related and said investigators were looking for a 36-year-old woman he did not name and that they were worried there might be children in harm’s way. The Greenville County Coroner’s office later identified the victim as Meredith Rahme, 28.
Less than two hours later, Pickens County deputies found the SUV the officers were looking for in connection with Rahme’s death about 7 miles (11 kilometers) away in Easley with its doors locked and engine running, Hashe said.
Hashe called it a “graphic and horrific” scene. He said all three people appeared to be shot, but the causes of death, along with the identities of the people inside the SUV, would have to be confirmed by the coroner.
Hashe said there appeared to be no more risk to the public. “We fell like we have identified everyone who is involved in both situations,” he said.
Investigators were releasing little information about the people in the SUV because they were still trying to notify the families, Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said.
“I ask people at home to pray for them,” Clark said. “This is will shatter a family — tear them apart.”