Spartanburg teen gets 28 years for 2017 deadly shooting


SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – A Spartanburg County teen was sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading guilty to a 2017 fatal shooting in Spartanburg.

According to a solicitor’s office news release, Gettis Andre Chambers, 19, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Chambers fatally shot Tyshann R. Smith, 28, of Spartanburg on Aug. 7, 2017 in a parked car at Biggerstaff Grocery, located at 630 Farley Ave.

According to the release, Chambers ran from the scene before police arrived.

He then changed his appearance and went to Maryland where he was arrested two weeks later at a home with guns and drugs inside.

According to the release, Smith was one of two deadly shooting victims from the Farley Avenue scene.

Spartanburg Police’s investigating revealed that Smith had shot Raymond Turner, 21, of Spartanburg before he was shot to death by Chambers. 

According to the release, a third victim was shot in the arm, but the wound was non life-threatening.

Police investigators used video evidence and witness statements to connect Chambers to Smith’s death.

According to the solicitor’s office, three types of shell casings from three different guns were found at the crime scene.

Chambers will serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for release.

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