PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 17-year-old that is connected to a shooting that happened on Saturday night.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were notified of a shooting incident around 10 p.m. near the intersection of Old Shirley Road and Sheriff Road.

Upon arrival, deputies found a 22-year-old man lying in front of a house with a gunshot wound to the chest.

The man was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he later died.

The Pickens County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Wyatt Short, of Pendleton.

A person of interest has been identified. Deputies believe this to be an isolated incident stemming from a verbal argument between two acquaintances.

Upon further investigation, deputies have identified the suspect as Wyatt Anthony Scott Pelfrey, 17, of Central.

Pelfrey is described as a white male, 5’09” tall, weighing about 165 pounds, and has brown hair with blue eyes. According to deputies, Pelfrey was last seen wearing a white shirt and black shorts.

Detectives have obtained arrest warrants on Pelfrey for murder and possession of a weapon
during the commission of a violent crime.

Deputies with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force are actively pursuing leads regarding Pelfrey’s whereabouts.

Pelfrey is believed to be armed, if seen do not approach. Anyone with information regarding Pelfrey’s whereabouts should call the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (864) 232-7463.

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