SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Police say three suspects have been identified and charged following a shooting at Cook Out in which six people were hurt.
Spartanburg Police Department said in a news release that police found two males and one female shot when responded to the restaurant on John B. White Sr. Boulevard around 11:30 p.m. Friday. The three victims were taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for treatment. Other shooting victims also went to the hospital.
Police said a total of six people — ranging in age from 16 to 24 years old — were injured in the shooting. All have since been released from the hospital.
Most of the victims were innocent bystanders and some were students of either Dorman and Spartanburg High schools, according to police.
Investigators have identified Trevor Lamont Gist, 18, Jarcoby Tramon Geter, 16, and Fredrick Lee Smith Jackson, 18, as the suspects in the case.
Trevor Lamont Gist, 18 (left) – Jarcoby Tramon Geter, 16 (middle) – Fredrick Lee Smith Jackson, 18 (right)
Smith Jackson was arrested by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and was charged with warrants for unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, possession of a weapon under age and six counts of assault/attempted murder.
He was denied bond in a hearing Friday. The solicitor’s office says he was in a gang.
Gist is still being sought for possession of a stolen weapon and accessory after the fact to commit murder.
Geter is still being sought for possession of a weapon under age, possession of a stolen weapon, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and assault/attempted murder.
Erika Shoolbred with Spartanburg Dist. 7 says Jarcoby Geter is Spartanburg High School student who was assigned to the Virtual School (online courses) which is part of a program at Whitlock Flexible Learning Center.
Trevor Gist dropped out of Spartanburg High School last November, according to Shoolbred.
“Six people were shot, and we’re so fortunate and blessed that no one lost their life,” Major Art Littlejohn told 7News on Thursday. “We’re also fortunate that the injuries were not life-threatening.”
Littlejohn said someone randomly shot at one individual without any care for other people nearby. “We think that the crime and the importance of that incident should allow us to charge that person as an adult.”
Littlejohn said stolen guns were used during the incident. A motive is unknown at this time.
Police urge the wanted teens to turn themselves in.
“They [suspects] have family members, they have friends and so if those family members and friends could have conversations with them and say, you know, please turn yourself in, it would be a lot easier than us going to look for them for it to end up in a confrontation,” said Major Littlejohn.
Area schools have also worked with the police department to interview students.
“We are extremely thankful that this incident did not result in the loss of life. We must continue to remember the victims of this incident and their families,” Spartanburg Police Chief Alonzo Thompson said. “We also recognize that without the cooperation of the Spartanburg community, we could not have identified the responsible parties. We are appreciative of the many officers from our department as well as those from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office that worked tirelessly in their response and investigation of this unnecessary and tragic incident.”
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Gist and Geter is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC, or call the Spartanburg Police Department at 864-596-2065.