3 more charged in deadly shooting in Spartanburg Co.

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office officials said three additional suspects have been charged in a drive-by shooting on Thomas Road Monday night.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, Austin Tyler Bailey, of Spartanburg, Matthew Tyler Blackwell, of Clifton, and Tyler Ray Bright, of Piedmont, were all charged in the murder of Marcus Pierre Kirk, 34, on Jan. 28.

We reported on Tuesday that Bobby Hank Wright, 29, of Cowpens was charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in this case.

Bobby Hank Wright

Bobby Hank Wright

Bailey, Blackwell and Bright were also each charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

According to the release, Blackwell was arrested by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday for three drug offenses and is currently being held in Cherokee County.

Bailey and Bright were found together earlier on Wednesday in a vehicle in the Boiling Springs area, and were arrested.

Investigators said Wright, Bailey, Blackwell and Bright were all in the same vehicle when shots were fired into Kirk’s home.

We reported earlier that deputies responded Monday night to a drive-by shooting in the 1000 block of Thomas Road in Spartanburg.

Deputies found Kirk inside the home and said he had been hit by one of the rounds.

Kirk was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Two females were also inside the home at the time of the shooting. Neither were hurt in the shooting.

Deputies say the females gave investigators information that the shooting may have been related to a dispute over a drug transaction.

The women also provided deputies with a nickname of a possible suspect later identified as Bobby Hank Wright.

Wright denied involvement in the shooting.

A judge denied Wright bond during a hearing on Wednesday. 

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