Greenville teen killed in shooting


GREENVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) – Deputies are investigating the shooting death of a 19-year-old in Greenville County. 

Deputies responded to a home in the 100 block of Verner Springs Road on Thursday night.

When deputies arrived on scene, they found the victim dead with at least one gunshot wound.

Damoni Barker (Source: Melissa Bell, mother)

The Greenville County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Damoni Ahmir Barker, 19, of Greenville. 

The coroner said in a news release that Barker was inside a home at 109 Verner Springs Road when he was shot. Barker died at the scene. 

His death has been ruled a homicide.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said a teen has been arrested in connection to Barker’s shooting death.

Gauge Wyatt Pier, 17, is charged with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, armed robbery and criminal conspiracy, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Pier was arrested Tuesday, July 2 after deputies say an investigation determined that he conspired with at least one other person to rob Barker.

Investigators don’t think Pier was the person who shot Barker.

The case is still under investigation as investigators work to identify more suspects.

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