2 arrested following deadly shooting at Welcome Park, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office says

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UPDATE: Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said two people were arrested following the murder of Joshua Hardin at Welcome Park on June 20.

Deputies charged 18-year-old Jerome Smith III, and a 16-year-old juvenile for the murder.

Smith III has been charged with murder and armed robbery while the juvenile has been charged with murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and armed robbery, according to deputies.

During the investigation, deputies learned that the victim had planned to meet the pair to sell stereo equipment at Welcome Park. After pulling up at the park, the victim was met by Smith III, the juvenile and at least one other person to look at the “for sale” stereo equipment. Shortly later, the juvenile pulled out a firearm and shot the victim at least one time before crashing into a pole on the property.

According to deputies, Smith III and the juvenile were arrested on June 22 for unrelated charges stemming from another robbery that took place on May 31st.

Deputies said the murder of Joshua Hardin is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Greenville at 23-CRIME.

GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – One person is dead following a shooting in Greenville Sunday night, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to 8 York Drive in Greenville just after 9 p.m. Sunday night and found an adult male inside of a vehicle with at least one gunshot wound.

The Greenville County Coroner’s Office confirmed the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim has been identified as 21-year-old Joshua Mitchell Hardin, of Seneca.

“We learned that the victim had went to the park there on York Drive where they had arranged a transaction, a non-narcotic transaction related sale for merchandise,” said Greenville County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Lt. Ryan Flood. “At some point in time during that interaction the victim, who was the driver of the vehicle, was shot, tried to drive off, but ultimately collided into an object. There was another individual inside of the car right now who ultimately called 911.”

According to Flood, investigators spoke with multiple people in the area and learned three males involved ran from the scene.

“We’re asking that the neighbors of the nearby area to check their cameras if they have any Ring doorbells, check those surveillance systems to see if they have anything,” he said.

Neighbors can email any surveillance images or videos to Jogarrett@greenvillecounty.org, Flood said.

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