Mother tried to shield baby in fatal SC shootings

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 2:26 AM
Last updated 12:55 PM
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WALTERBORO, S.C. — A young girl and two adults were killed and at least five people were hurt in a drive-by shooting in a small town, the county coroner said Tuesday.

The shooting occurred about 10 p.m. Monday in Walterboro, about 40 miles west of Charleston. Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey said the victims were from Walterboro and were related to each other, though he did not know the relationships.

Harvey named the victims as 20-month-old Shaniyah Burden, Charles Kittrell, 45, and Christopher Powell, 21. Kitrell died at the scene and the other two in separate hospitals.

The shooting happened outside a small, beige bungalow in a neighborhood of compact houses along a side street.

Ginni Keeling, 22, who identified herself as a cousin of the family, said they often played cards and watched television in the front yard of the house.

"I've been over here since I was 13 years old. I ain't never seen anything like this," she said.

Family members told The Post and Courier of Charleston the victims were playing cards in the front yard when a car pulled up and opened fire.

Keeling said she'd left the scene about 15 minutes before the shooting with her two young children and she got a call from another relative at the scene, telling her about the incident.

Keeling said she had no idea what the motive behind the shooting might be. She drove one of the people at the scene to a local hospital because the person was hyperventilating, Keeling said.

No arrests have been reported.

Officers were looking for a black car with one headlight, Walterboro Police Capt. Ken Dasen said. He referred other questions to the State Law Enforcement Division. A SLED spokeswoman said she couldn't immediately provide details.

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WhippingPost 11/10/09 - 08:11 am
What? This is news? Was this

What? This is news? Was this a drug incident? Isn't this a daily incident in every large metropolitan area in the country? Isn't it usually gang related?

Danyell706 11/10/09 - 09:02 am
Not always WhippingPost. But,

Not always WhippingPost. But, can we atleast give some type of respect to the one's that lost their lives....geeesh!! May God be with the families....

disssman 11/10/09 - 09:44 am
WP it is really common where

WP it is really common where the police don't enforce laws for polittical gain. Usually the crooks start with a little boom box music to call together the savages. From that point on the neighborhood is doomed because the cops will do nothing and the people who live there are afraid to. Where in the HE@@ are the police anymore. I see plenty of them out with their radars but none patrolling the neighborhoods for hoods.

jbomb 11/10/09 - 11:54 am
Why were those babies out

Why were those babies out front at 10 pm??

corgimom 11/11/09 - 08:21 pm
Going to bed at reasonable

Going to bed at reasonable hours only makes sense if you have to get up early the next morning- like to go to a J-O-B.

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