Danny Andrew Smith Westminister South Carolina man shot dead by two boys, aged, 8 & 9, while cutting brush in a field. No known motive.
An 8-year-old and a 9-year-old boy have been charged with killing a man who was shot while cutting down brush in a South Carolina field, authorities said.
Deputies responded to Coffee Road last week after a missing man’s wife, Marilynn Smith, was looking for her husband after not being able to make contact with him.
Smith, 62, was found slumped over the steering wheel of a running tractor. He was unresponsive and had gone down an embankment, striking a tree.
The man was shot once in the back, but investigators charged both boys because they both fired the gun in Smith’s direction, Crenshaw said.
Shot in the back
‘After a consultation with the Solicitor’s Office, and based on the evidence obtained in our ongoing investigation, we believe that both juvenile males discharged a firearm in a reckless manner in the direction of Mr. Smith who was bush hogging on some family property,’ said Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. ‘At this time, it is still undetermined which shot ultimately struck and killed Mr. Smith. However, based upon South Carolina law, the hand of one is the hand of all and that is why Family Court has been petitioned in regards to charging both juveniles with Involuntary Manslaughter.’
The boys are charged as juveniles in Family Court and their names were not released. Under South Carolina law, they are too young to be kept at a juvenile jail so they were released to their parents, WFLA reported.
Deputies said a .22 caliber rifle used to kill Smith. Crenshaw said investigators declined to say how the boys got the rifle or why they shot at Smith.
An autopsy found he had been shot in the back about four to six hours before his body was found.
Authorities said the shooting remains under investigation.