TRAVELERS REST, S.C. (WSPA) – Travelers Rest police say a disagreement on social media was the motive behind a deadly shooting on Tuesday night.
Investigators say the shooting claimed the life of 16-year-old Devon Curry.
On Thursday, police arrested and charged 3 teens. Detectives say more people could be charged.
“My son is a good kid,” said Charse Chambers, the mother of Ke’savious Elmore. “He has never been a problem child. He doesn’t have a record.”
Chambers says her son is not capable of murder.
However, police charged Elmore with 5 counts of attempted murder, criminal conspiracy, discharging a firearm into a dwelling and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
A 16-year-old and 17-year-old Anthony Martin Jr. also face a slew of charges including murder.
Police arrested the teens in connection to the deadly shooting at Brookside Pointe Apartments and a body found on Easley Bridge Road.
Still, Chambers believes her son was coerced into committing the crime.
“My son knows if you did something you are going to lay in [it] and pay for it. But if my son didn’t do anything I’m not going to let my son take the blame for that,” she said.
Investigators say around 11:19 p.m. Tuesday, Curry and Elmore drove to the apartments. The two were in Elmore’s white Dodge Charger.
Detectives say that’s when the opened fire on Martin and the 16-year-old.
“Those teenagers then returned fire back at the individuals that came into the city,” Police Chief Benjamin Ford said.
Detectives say more than 50 rounds were fired within minutes and that’s when Curry and Elmore drove away.
Investigators believe Curry was injured in the shootout. They say 20 minutes after the shooting Greenville County deputies were tipped off about a body behind a building on Easley Bridge Road at Ledbetter Street.
Investigators later determined that was Curry’s body.
“We can speculate it [they were heading] in the direction of maybe a hospital, but that’s speculation. It was going that direction.” Chief Ford said. “For whatever reason, Mr. Elmore decided to leave the body where he left it.”
At a press conference, the Police Chief shared what detectives believe is the motive for the crime.
“There was a disagreement on social media and they were going back and forth with each other,” Ford said.
Police have located the guns used in the shooting. They are still searching for the white Dodge Charged that Elmore and Curry were in.
Investigators could not say if the shooting was gang-related. However, they are still investigating.
Martin was denied bond.
Elmore has a bond hearing on Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Investigators say the 16-year-old is due in family court next week.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Travelers Rest Police Department officials said three teens are in custody and will face charges related to the shooting death of a Spartanburg teen.
According to Chief Benjamin Ford, officers were called to Brookside Pointe Apartments after a report of a shooting Tuesday night.
Ford said officers found 50 to 60 spent rounds in the parking lot of the apartment complex and said approximately 15 minutes later Greenville County Sheriff’s Office deputies were responding to a body found along Easley Bridge Road.
According to Ford, they were able to determine that the body found was related to the shooting in Travelers Rest.
Ford said two people — Ke’Savious Keyshawn Elmore, 18, and Devon Javon Curry, 16, went into Travelers Rest in a white Dodge Charger and approached several teenagers at Brookside Pointe Apartments.
According to Ford, Elmore and Curry then allegedly opened fire on the teenagers and the teenagers returned fire.
Ford said they believe Curry was hit by gunfire during the exchange and then left on the side of the road by Elmore.
Investigators found the 16-year-old lying on his back behind a building at the intersection of Easley Bridge Road and Ledbetter Street.
The Greenville County Coroner says Curry died of a gunshot wound in the chest.
Elmore was arrested and charged with five counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, criminal conspiracy and discharging a firearm into a dwelling.
He has not had a bond hearing yet.
Two other teens — Anthony O’Neal Martin, Jr., and a 16-year-old — who reportedly returned fire at the apartment complex, also face charges.
Martin, 17, was arrested and charged with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, discharging a firearm into a dwelling or vehicle and criminal conspiracy.
He was denied bond during a hearing.
The 16-year-old is due in family court next week.
According to Erika Cox of Spartanburg County Schools District 7 Curry was no longer a student in the district. Cox says Curry transferred out of the district in May of 2018. Cox says Curry’s records were transferred to Emerald High School in Greenwood County.