Victim dies days after home invasion shooting in Seneca


SENECA, SC (WSPA) – Police say a woman who was shot Thursday evening during a home invasion in Seneca has died from her injuries. 

Police were called to a home on the 200 block of Maple Avenue for a burglary.

Officers say a woman had been shot multiple times and was taken to the hospital.

Seneca Police Chief John Covington says she died at Greenville Memorial Hospital, Monday.

The Oconee County Coroner identified the victim as 73-year-old Geraldine Castle of Walhalla.

Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the burglary and shooting: 17-year-old Hunter Lee Hunnicutt and 19-year-old Decota Castle Brown.

Both were originally charged with Attempted Murder and first degree Burglary.

Covington says their charges will be upgraded to Murder on Tuesday.

Neighbors told 7 News that one of the suspects in the case, Decota Brown, is the son of the people who live at the home where the shooting happened. 

“I’m just sorry that Decota’s gone down that road. I did meet him when they first moved in…he was a very nice kid,” said neighbor Sarah Howard. “Things just happened to go wrong for him.”

Court records show 19-year-old Brown has a rap sheet. 

“We’ve had several reports with Mr. Brown,” said Capt. Casey Bowling with the Seneca Police Department. 

Since 2017, Brown has pleaded guilty to several charges, including having drug paraphenalia, assault and battery, shoplifting, and making threats. 

The records also show Brown once lived at the address on Maple Ave. in Seneca where the shooting happened. The other suspect, Hunter Lee Hunnicutt, does not have a criminal record in Oconee County. 

Hunnicutt was taken into custody Friday evening. Brown was arrested Saturday afternono at a 7-11 in Seneca. 

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