UNION, SC (WSPA) – An Upstate community is shaken after a man was accused of beating and stabbing four of his relatives.
“I hate that because one thing about it – my neighbors are beautiful people,” said Tammy Davis, who lives on Washington Street where the incident happened.
Union Public Safety said the call came in at 7:36 p.m. Wednesday.
“It’s a senseless act. It’s a verbal altercation that turned violent,” said Captain Kevin Powers with the Union Public Safety Department.
Union Public Safety said four relatives were stabbed by one of their own.
“[The] Uncle came up and asked us to call 911 so I called 911 and told them to send the paramedics,” recalled Davis.
Captain Powers said there were two 9-1-1 calls, including one from Calhoun Street.
“When officers arrived they immediately found a subject approaching them. The officer went ahead and detained that subject not knowing who was the attacker or who was the victim,” said Capt. Powers. “As he was detaining that subject – which is determined to be the suspect Mr. Quintin Kershaw another victim, an elderly gentleman approached them with an abdomen wound – he hollers to the bystanders to grab the man a chair as EMS was en route.”
Officers say Quintin Kershaw is accused of stabbing his mother, grandfather, sister, and uncle. Warrants say Kershaw used a sock filled with billiard balls to hit two relatives in their heads.
“Poor grandfather – he was kinda bloody and he was stabbed… I don’t know how many times he was stabbed but he had a knot upside his head,” said Davis.
Officers say the home had blood on the floor and on a steak knife. They say a trail of blood led to where victims were trying to get help a street over.
“It’s sad and it’s hurtful because things happen in life and sometimes we don’t know why,” said Davis.
Officers say there isn’t a clear motive and Kershaw was also hurt.
“He was injured in the process due to a family member attacking him to get him off of another family member,” said Capt. Powers. “It shocked the community. You hear people on the street say I can’t believe it happened.”
The 23-year-old suspect is charged with four counts of attempted murder and assault.
“It tore this family apart. You know, we’re a close knit community. A lot of officers know this family personally and our prayers go out to them,” said Capt. Powers.
Kershaw had a bond hearing this evening and a judge set a total bond of $200,000, according to online records.
All the victims and Kershaw were taken to the hospital Wednesday.
At last check Thursday afternoon, Kershaw was released from the hospital along with one victim.