GREENWOOD, SC (WSPA) – Police say a teen has been arrested in the shooting death of a woman in Greenwood.
According to the police department’s Facebook page, the victim was fatally wounded around 5 p.m. Monday on Taggart Avenue.
The victim was identified as 21-year-old Teresa Michelle Parkman by the Greenwood County Coroner’s Office.
Parkman died at the scene of the shooting.
On Tuesday, Greenwood Police Department said in a social media post that investigators believe Parkman was sitting beside the suspect when the rifle fired as the suspect tried to operate the gun.
Investigators say the rifle was stolen.
Police identified the suspect as Shawn Patrick Burse, 18, of Taggart Avenue.
Burse is charged with involuntary manslaughter, possession of a stolen firearm, resisting arrest, and failure to stop on lawful command, according to police.
Burse is in jail awaiting a bond hearing.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and Burse could face more charges.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victim during this very difficult time,” the police department said.
7 News spoke with some of the victim’s closest friends who say she was pregnant.
“I was thinking, ‘This isn’t real. This isn’t happening. Not this soon, not this fast,'” Marie Eddy said.
Those were Marie Eddy’s first thoughts when she heard her dear friend, Teresa Parkman, had been shot and killed.
“She had the biggest heart and she was always there for us. When we were in pain, she was in pain. Whenever we cried, she cried with us,” Eddy said. “She was that person who thinks about others before herself.”
Others who worked with Parkman at the Huddle House in Greenwood agreed.
“We were on third shift together,” Lexi Brewer said. “I started out working with her and it was our shift. We pretty much ran it.”
But Parkman’s coworkers told 7 News she was much more than just a coworker–she was like family.
“The perfect best friend,” Brewer said. “She’s so caring and loving.”
“Just sunshine. She was the type of the person, it didn’t matter how bad of a day you had, if you went into work with her, she was automatically trying to make you feel better, and that’s exactly what she did,” Velvet Blackmon added.
Police told 7 News they’ve arrested Parkman’s boyfriend, Shawn Burse, in connection to her death.
They say he was sitting next to her inside their home, holding a stolen rifle, when it fired and hit her.
Parkman’s friends said she was pregnant with a baby girl who would’ve been named Luna.
“She had been talking about how she wanted a baby, she wanted a baby. And she finally, finally got pregnant. She finally did and I was so excited for her. She was so excited,” Brewer said.
“She was happy to have this child,” Eddy added.
Now, Parkman’s friends are thinking about her family.
“I wouldn’t wish this on anybody else,” Brewer said. “I know how I feel and how her other friends feel. I can’t imagine how her mom must feel right now.”
And they have a message for others.
“Make sure you spend every single moment with them. Make sure you love them and make sure you cherish the moments,” Eddy said. “If you argue, brush it off, because you never know when the last day is going to be here.”
Police told 7 News Parkman’s pregnancy will be officially confirmed once the autopsy is completed, and we should have those results on Wednesday.
They said Burse could face additional charges for the baby’s death.
Parkman’s friends said they’ve set up an account for Parkman’s family at the South State Bank on the 72 bypass in Greenwood. If you’d like to help with funeral expenses, just ask for the Teresa Parkman fund.