Caleb Wise, 16, JaKobe Fanning, 16, and Dre’von Riley, 17 died following Monday’s shooting in Columbia, S.C.
Three South Carolina teenagers were fatally shot in what authorities say was the tragic culmination of a years-long feud with the suspects.
Per USA Today, Eau Claire High School students Caleb Wise, 16, JaKobe Fanning, 16, and Dre’von Riley, 17, were killed following Monday’s shooting in Columbia, S.C.
Another victim, who is a 14-year-old middle school student, was also taken to hospital and was later released.
According to ABC News, which cites police, two 17-year-olds and a 14-year-old have been arrested on three counts of murder and other charges.
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In a press conference on Monday, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott revealed that the victims had a “beef” with the suspects dating back to “a couple of years ago.” At least one of the suspects was also a student at Eau Claire High School.
“We had four young people shot, ages from 14, 16, 17. Three of them did not make it, three of them died. The 14-year-old did survive," Sheriff Lott said.
“Over something stupid. Over something that happened a couple of years ago,” the sheriff added. “Just a beef that just continues to grow and then young people decide that they’re going to solve it by shooting. So we have three that’s dead, one that’ll probably never be the same again because of what occurred.”
Sheriff Lott also revealed that the victims had been “sitting in front of a vacant house” on Sunday afternoon when the suspects arrived at around 2 p.m. and allegedly began shooting.
The sheriff didn't disclose information about the origins of the feud, but he confirmed that it was not gang-related and described it as "these are just teenagers making stupid decisions."
An investigation is in progress.
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