Officers responded to a shooting in Greenwood County on Monday. Jeffrey David Powell is accused of shooting one man and two women dead, as well as injuring a child.
A release from the sheriff’s offices stated that “the status of the victims and the motive for the shooting are unknown at the moment.”
The following statement was released by the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Department regarding the ongoing manhunt for Powell.
“Look out for a white male aged 36 years old, 6′ tall and 285 lbs. The suspect’s male victim has a large tattoo on his neck. This suspect is dangerous and armed. Do not approach anyone you see that fits this description. Please dial 911.
Powell’s tattoo features a star at the center of his neck, and lines that go to each side.
People on social media had many reactions and comments to the announcement of the manhunt.
One Facebook user said, “Praying for all involved.”
Another user stated, “God heals our Nation and allows people to turn from their wicked ways.”
WYFF 4 News interviewed a resident in the same area as the crime scene.
Furman Greene said, “I’m trying stay around the house till they catch this man because you never know.” Prayers for the victims and their families. They should catch him. They must catch him.”
WYFF 4 news spoke to Dennis Kelly, Greenwood County Sheriff. He said that there is a relationship between all the parties but that more information is being collected regarding the incident. Police have not yet released a motive for the violent crime.
Since 2020, South Carolina has witnessed an increase in violent crime, was told by Deputy Chief Stan Smith of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department that “we’re seeing an unparalleled level of violent crime.” “Our murder rates, if they keep going on as we do, will be significantly higher than ever before, which is alarming for us.”
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department reported that 42 shootings occurred between January and June 2020. There were 10 victims. In the same time period last year, there were also 68 shootings with 18 victims.
Lexington County, a nearby municipality, saw 11 shootings between January and June 2020. There have been 16 shootings in 2021 with four deaths