Teens shot, man killed in car

Greenville County officers say an 18-year-old and two 16-year-olds are being charged with the death of a man who confronted them about a possible theft. Tommy Lane Smith Jr., 48, of Greenville, was found fatally shot at around 4 p.m. Tuesday in a vehicle near the intersection of Bryson and Gordon streets, according to the coroner and sheriff’s deputies. Tijerrius Harris, 18, was arrested overnight and taken to the Greenville County Detention Center where he is charged with murder and criminal conspiracy, Lieutenant Ryan Flood said. Flood said two 16-year-olds were taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia. Both teens are charged with murder and criminal conspiracy, Flood said. Investigators said they found two firearms at the scene of the arrest. The names of the teens were not released due to their age. “This is another example of an absolutely senseless death that should never have happened,” Sheriff Hobart Lewis said in a statement. “My heart goes out to Mr. Smith’s family, who are now dealing with the loss of a loved one. While this incident is certainly tragic for the community, I hope that the timely and thorough investigation conducted by members of our murder case “Unity will bring a sense of justice to those who loved and knew Mr. Smith. I want to commend our murder investigators and deputies from the FASIT team who have worked diligently to solve this crime and arrest those responsible.”

Greenville County officers say an 18-year-old and two 16-year-olds are being charged with the death of a man who confronted them about a possible theft.

Tommy Lane Smith Jr., 48, of Greenville, was found fatally shot at around 4 p.m. Tuesday in a vehicle near the intersection of Bryson and Gordon streets, according to the coroner and sheriff’s deputies.

Tijerrius Harris, 18, was arrested overnight and taken to the Greenville County Detention Center where he is charged with murder and criminal conspiracy, Lieutenant Ryan Flood said.

Flood said two 16-year-olds were taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

Both teens are charged with murder and criminal conspiracy, Flood said. Investigators said they found two firearms at the scene of the arrest.

The names of the teens were not released due to their age.

“This is another example of an absolutely senseless death that should never have happened,” Sheriff Hobart Lewis said in a statement. “My heart goes out to Mr. Smith’s family, who are now dealing with the loss of a loved one. While this incident is certainly tragic for the community, I hope that the timely and thorough investigation conducted by members of our murder case “Unity will bring a sense of justice to those who loved and knew Mr. Smith. I want to commend our murder investigators and deputies from the FASIT team who have worked diligently to solve this crime and arrest those responsible.”

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