Jahkeem Griffin and Karlos Gibson both charged with murder after shooting in South Carolina left three teens dead and another wounded
- Jahkeen Griffin, 17, and Karlos Damon Gibson, 17, are accused of fatally shooting three teens: Dre’von Riley, 17; JaKobe Fanning, 17; and Caleb Wise, 16
- The fourth victim was a 14-year-old boy, who was injured but the sole survivor of the triple massacre, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said
- Both suspects are charged with three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime
Two teenagers have been charged with murder after a shooting following a ‘previous dispute’ in South Carolina that left three teens dead and another wounded.
Jahkeen Griffin, 17, and Karlos Damon Gibson, 17, are accused of fatally shooting Dre’von Riley, 17; JaKobe Fanning, 17; and Caleb Wise, 16, were students at Eau Claire High School. They were identified by the Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford, The State reported.
The fourth victim, a 14-year-old boy who was a student at Acorn Middle School, was injured and is the sole survivor of the triple massacre that took place Sunday afternoon on Saddletrail Road just north of Columbia in the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said at a Monday news conference said the incident was regarding a dispute that took place years ago. He confirmed it was not gang-related but ‘just teenagers making stupid decisions.’
Both suspects are charged with three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Gibson is also facing charges of possession of a handgun under 18.
Dre’von Riley (left) and Jakobe Fanning (right), both 17, were killed in a Sunday shooting in Columbia, South Carolina
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott (center) said at a Monday news conference said the incident was regarding a dispute that took place years ago. He confirmed it was not gang-related but ‘just teenagers making stupid decisions’
‘Three kids are dead….three teenagers are dead if that doesn’t shock you there is something wrong with you,’ Lott said. ‘We have to do something.’
Gibson, who was arrested Monday afternoon, was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Alvin S. Glen Detention Center, the sheriff’s department said.
The sheriff also said at the press conference that, ‘(Griffin) is most likely going to be sentenced for a long time in prison.’
Also in attendance at Monday’s presser was Richland County Councilwoman Gretchen Barron, who said, ‘here we are once again.’
‘Young people got guns and they make poor choices. Now it’s left up to us as a community.’
She spoke about the community itself must say this is unacceptable and that they cannot just rely on the school district.
‘We can not leave it up to the school district to put these things in place we’ve got to take care of our children, we’ve got to take care of our neighbors.’
Lott spoke of the violence plaguing the community and shared a message: ‘Parents you need to take some responsibility for this also. It starts in the home. We will fill in the gaps when we can but it got to start in the home.’
Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon who were overcome by the loss of three of their students issued a statement, WLTX News reported
‘The Richland One family is grieving the loss of three young lives to senseless gun violence. Three Eau Claire High School students were killed Sunday afternoon (September 24, 2023) in an incident that occurred on Saddletrail Road,’ he said.
‘Our Crisis Team is at Eau Claire today to provide counseling and support to any students and staff who may need assistance. We also have additional security on campus as a precaution.
‘This is an unimaginable tragedy, and we ask everyone to keep the students’ families and the students and staff at Eau Claire High School in your thoughts and prayers.’