Sheriff: 3 suspects wanted in fatal shooting of mom, baby

December 18, 2019 GMT

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities were looking Wednesday for three suspects who they say are responsible for the fatal shooting of a mother and her 1-year-old son.

Mel’lisha Jackson, 26, and her son, Elijah Jackson, were both found suffering from at least one gunshot wound Tuesday night at their home in Graniteville, news outlets reported, citing an Aiken County coroner’s statement.

Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene and Elijah was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the statement. Their autopsies are scheduled for Friday.

According to an incident report, there were eight people in Jackson’s apartment at the time of the shooting. One person told Aiken County sheriff’s deputies that someone shot her vehicle as she was leaving the apartment complex, which is about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southwest of Columbia. The report stated that the woman saw three people standing by a white Nissan Maxima who opened fire on her. Her vehicle was struck several times.

Sheriff Michael Hunt said the incident was gang-related and Jackson and her son weren’t the intended target.

Home security footage was released by the sheriff’s department showing three black males each appearing to be between 5′7″ and 5′11″ in height. One man was wearing dark pants and a dark jacket with a gray hooded sweatshirt. Another man was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants with a red stripe down the leg. The last man was wearing a dark jacket with a hood and dark blue pants.

The department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the three men. They should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities said.

“We are coming to get you,” Hunt said, addressing the unknown assailants. “We are going to bring you to justice.”