SC boy dies after being shot in domestic dispute

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NEWBERRY Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Deputies say a 7-year-old boy died days after he and his mother were shot in a domestic dispute.

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office said in a social media post the child was pronounced dead Monday at a hospital. 

The victim is identified as Iven James Caldwell. He was 7. 

X’Zavier Sharif Davis, 26, of Newberry will be charged with murder in the boy’s death, according to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office. Davis is also charged with three counts of assault and battery with intent to kill.

Early Saturday morning, investigators say Davis verbally assaulted the victims at the home on  Cherry Lane just outside Newberry city limits. 

The victim fled with her three children. Deputies say Davis opened fire at the woman’s car, shooting her and one of her children. 

The mother was driving herself to the hospital when she realized her son had also been shot.

Both victims were treated at Newberry County Memorial Hospital, before the child was transferred to a Columbia area hospital due to the seriousness of his injuries. Deputies say he was pronounced dead Monday afternoon. 

Davis was arrested at the home without incident. 

He remains in the  Newberry County Detention Center without bond. 

Deputies say two of Davis’ children were inside the car he shot at. 

“As a parent, my heart just aches for the mother and children who had to watch this child be shot and eventually die from this senseless act of violence,” Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said in a statement. “It is simply abhorrent to me that this child’s life was taken because of the willful, senseless, and reckless actions of this suspect.”

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