HAMPTON CO., S.C. (WTOC) - The Estill Police Department is investigating after two men were found dead from gunshot wounds at a home on Frankie Bennett Circle on the morning of Saturday, March 23.
When officers arrived on scene, they found the two men suffering from traumatic injuries. Despite efforts to administer aid, the victims died of their injuries at the scene.
Police say it was an armed robbery that turned into a deadly shooting. A spokeperson for the Estill Police Department says that the shooting will be investigated as a homicide. South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is assisting in the investigation.
We’ve reached out to the Hampton County coroner to find out more information about the victims in this case. He says while this is an ongoing investigation, he won’t be releasing any names at this point, but what we did find out from police about the victim is they had lived in this area for the better part of 15 years.
Neighbors in the area are still in disbelief that their normally quiet corner of Estill turned into a crime scene.
“Frankie Bennett is usually a very quiet street. Hardworking people, never really too much trouble from that side of town, and as for those individuals, they’re hardworking guys,” Chief Mark Collins said.
Chief Collins says two people armed with guns broke into the home and demanded cash. At some point, things turned deadly when two of the residents were shot. A third person living in the home ran and hid. Police are still looking into the circumstances of what led up to the fatal shooting of the two men living in the home, as well as if this was a targeted or random crime. Even if it was targeted, Chief Collins wants Estill’s citizens to be on guard.
“This is a threat, and that’s why we’re using all our resources to try to apprehend them as soon as possible,” Chief Collins said.
That includes teaming up with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division for their forensic resources, and a forensic sketch artist. Chief Collins says the third person who ran and hid was able to give some description of the armed intruders.
The Estill Police Department has released a composite sketch of the suspects being sought in this case. They hope the release of this sketch will help identify and locate the individuals.
These individuals should be considered armed and dangerous. If you think you know who these individuals are, please do not make any attempt to question or apprehend them. Please contact law enforcement immediately. Any information may be provided anonymously via Hampton County Dispatch at 803-943-9261 or the Estill Police Department at 803-625-3699.