GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – It’s been nearly one year since a mother was murdered right in front of her own home, and her killers were never found.
Veronica Elliott, 31, was one of two people shot in Greenville County last year. The other man who was shot survived.
Investigators said their leads turned into dead ends and the case went cold.
Days have turned to weeks, and weeks to months, but for Veronica Elliott’s aunt, Michelle Alexander, the pain is still fresh.
“If I could just see here again,” Alexander said. “It’s just still like a dream, a pinch. Why.”
On the night of July 13, 2018, Elliott was talking with neighbors in front of her home at the Crestwood Forest Apartments. But that conversation was drowned out by gunshots.
Greenville County Homicide Investigator Antonio Bailey remembers getting the call that two people had been shot.
“It struck the building several times,” Bailey said. “It struck the concrete steps several times. It even stuck the doors upstairs. The building itself was riddled with bullets.”
Bailey said Elliott ran for her life, but was shot in the back.
Another resident was also hit and ran through the breezeway.
Surveillance video captured the moment the shooting happened.
A vehicle can be seen pulling into the parking lot and then two shooters get out, demanding to find a person named “JB.”
With no luck, the shooters opened fire anyway.
“Mass chaos. Mass chaos in that someone obviously wanted this JB hurt or dead, and they had come prepared to do just that,” Bailey said.
The parking lot turned into a one-sided gun fight.
“We’re not talking about a revolver,” he said. “We’re talking about a high-powered weapon.”
The shooters were seen taking off before help arrived.
It wasn’t long before Elliott’s family was notified and they rushed over to the scene.
Alexander, who drove down from North Carolina, found out Elliott’s 10-year-old son saw his mother climb the stairs covered in blood.
“I could see where she was trying to climb the wall, but blood was on the wall,” Alexander said.
Alexander, who helped raise Elliott, drove the boy home, trying to be strong.
“He [Elliott’s son] says, ‘Auntie, why are you not crying?’ And I said, ‘Tyler, what do you mean why am I not crying?’ And he said, ‘my momma is dead.'”
Elliott was a mother of two, known for her contagious smile and funny personality.
Investigators said her case stood out because in this homicide the intended target wasn’t even there.
“That’s what’s frustrating,” Bailey said. “Just the total disregard for human life.”
Bailey said investigators ultimately found the person named “JB” that the suspects said they were looking for, but that he wasn’t forthcoming with information.
The case quickly went cold with witnesses reportedly biting their tongues.
For family members, it’s meant no closure for nearly a year.
Alexander now hangs on to a sliver of hope that someone out there can answer one simple question.
“That would be my question, why? Why?” she said.
Bailey said a motive is still unclear, but does believe there are people that know something about this case, and he’s asking them to come forward.
If you have any information about this case, call Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.