Georgetown County, SC – A 21-year-old new homeowner and her stepfather were gunned down in her front yard after a minor fender bender led to extreme road rage.
The incident occurred at about 5 p.m. on Aug. 24 on U.S. 521 near the intersection of Indian Hut Road and Highmarket Street in Georgetown, WPDE reported.
Kimberly Wall said her daughter Laura Anderson had just bought a new home nearby and had gone over to it to sell some bunk beds.
But when she arrived at her new home to meet the buyer, Anderson realized she had forgotten her keys.
Wall’s husband and Anderson’s stepfather, 45-year-old Charles “Nick” Wall, hopped in the car and drove the key’s over to Anderson’s new house, WPDE reported.
“This all happened because they were selling bunk-beds online and somebody came over to purchase them and she didn’t have her keys, and Nick came to bring the keys,” close family friend Lynn Lambert said.
Lambert said that Wall had just pulled his car into Anderson’s new driveway when he was rear-ended by a man later identified as 23-year-old Ty Sheem Ha Sheem Walters III, WPDE reported.
Police said Walter fatally shot both Nick Wall and Anderson dead in the front yard, and wounded a third person, WPDE reported.
“It actually happened in her yard, waiting for the keys to get to her,” Lambert said, sounding astonished.
Charging documents said Walters shot Nick Wall twice in the upper torso and he shot Anderson in the head at least once.
Police said Walters fired at a third man – later identified as Paul McConnell – and hit him once, WPDE reported.
Then Walters attacked McConnell and bludgeoned his face and head with the handgun, according to police.
The police report said that by the time officers arrived on the scene, one gunshot victim already been transported to the hospital and paramedics were performing CPR on the second, WIS reported.
The third victim, McConnell, had a gunshot wound to his wrist.
The report said that police set up a perimeter and went in search of Walters, who had last been seen walking south on Kent Road, WIS reported.
Officers responded to a report that had been spotted Walters walking on Georgetown Highway toward Andrews and found the suspect in the area, according to authorities.
Walters fled into nearby woods to evade police, WIS reported.
He was apprehended after a search by officers and K9s and taken into custody.
Walters has been charged with two counts of murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and attempted murder, WPDE reported.
He appeared virtually before a magistrate court judge on Aug. 26 and was denied bond on the gun and attempted murder charges.
“Given the severity of the crimes he’s been charged with, I know this isn’t the time for the overwhelming amount of evidence against him,” a Georgetown County sheriff’s deputy told the judge. “The defendant in a post-Miranda interview did make an admission to shooting all the victims. We don’t think he needs to be allowed back out in the public. We believe he poses an imminent and grave danger to society if he’s allowed to be released.”
The magistrate judge could not set bond on the two murder charges, WPDE reported.
McConnell remained in critical condition in the hospital and was unable to attend Walters’ bond hearing.
The road rage attack was not Walters’ first run in with the police, WPDE reported.
He was arrested on drug charges in Myrtle Beach in 2016 but he was never indicted and the charges were eventually dropped.
Walters was found guilty of three traffic charges in Georgetown County in the same year, WPDE reported.