Update: The 14-year-old’s arrest follows the arrest of Jahkeem Griffin and Karlos Gibson on Monday.
Another individual, 17-year-old Karlos Damon Gibson, has been taken into custody. He is facing charges of three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, and possession of a deadly weapon during a violent crime.
Sheriff Leon Lott of Richland County disclosed the apprehension of a 17-year-old linked to the tragic shooting incident that claimed the lives of three students from Eau Claire High School over the weekend.
Jakeem Griffin, also 17, has been taken into custody and is facing charges of three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
The victims have been identified as Dre’von Riley,17, Jakobe Fanning, 17, Caleb Wise,16.
Sheriff Lott explained that the incident stemmed from an event that took place several years ago.
He also mentioned that among the survivors, there was a 14-year-old victim. Both Eau Claire High School and Alcorn Middle School are implicated in this case.
At the press conference, Sheriff Lott invited local leaders from the area where the incident transpired to attend.
“We’re going to do our part for the enforcement part. We just need help, more help. From our school, from our elected officials, from our faith community,” said Sheriff Lott. “The village that’s standing behind me and the village that’s out there listening to this. We need to do more. This proves we haven’t done enough.”
Sheriff Lott affirmed that the Richland County Sheriff’s Department is committed to ongoing efforts to support the community.
He issued a stern caution, asserting that they are determined to apprehend those in possession of firearms. Sheriff Lott further stated that they are actively searching for additional suspects connected to the shooting.