The Latest: Chief: Mother dead with kids shot woman earlier

The Latest on four bodies found in two South Carolina shootings (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

Authorities say a woman found dead in an SUV with her children shot and killed another woman hours earlier in South Carolina who worked with her estranged husband.

Greenville Police Chief Ken Thomas said 36-year-old Jessica Edens was in a custody battle with her husband, who called police earlier this week to check on his daughter.

Thomas said in a news conference that Edens had her 9-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter with her when she shot and killed 28-year-old Meredith Rahme in a downtown Greenville parking garage around 5 p.m. Thursday.

Pickens County authorities say the bodies of Edens and those two children were found later in her locked SUV about 7 miles (11 kilometers) away in Easley. Investigators say all three were shot once in the head or neck and a gun was found in the vehicle. They haven’t said who fired the shots in the SUV.


2:15 p.m.

Authorities have identified three people found dead in an SUV in South Carolina as a woman and her children.

Investigators found the SUV on Thursday night in Easley about two hours after witnesses reported it was used in a fatal shooting 7 miles (11 kilometers) away in a Greenville parking garage.

Pickens County Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said all three victims in the SUV were shot once in the head or neck. Coroner Kandy Kelley identified them as 36-year-old Jessica Edens, 9-year-old Hayden King and 5-year-old Harper Edens.

Hashe says a gun was found inside the vehicle, which was locked with the engine running. Kelley and Hashe did not say who might have fired the shots.

Hashe said in a news release that a broken marriage appeared to connect the two incidents. Hashe and Greenville Police have not said who killed the first victim.


12:50 a.m.

Authorities in South Carolina say they found three people dead inside a SUV that police were looking for in connection with another fatal shooting.

Pickens County Chief Deputy Creed Hashe says the SUV was locked and running in Easley when deputies found the bodies Thursday, two hours after a 28-year-old woman was shot to death 7 miles (11 kilometers) away in a Greenville parking garage.

Greenville Police Chief Ken Thomas earlier said a 36-year-old woman was a suspect in the domestic-related first killing around 5 p.m. Thursday and investigators were worried children were possibly in harm’s way.

Authorities identified the victim of the first shooting as Meredith Rahme. The names or ages of the three people in the SUV haven’t been released.

Hashe says investigators aren’t searching for anyone else.

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