Newberry County Manhunt for 4 Murder Suspects
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WLTX) - Newberry deputies say they're searching for four murder suspects on the run.
Deputies say a state trooper saw the three white males and one white female at the upper rest area of I-26, and a chase ensued into the City of Newberry. The suspects are teenagers.
A deputy spiked the vehicle's tires and the four suspects then took off on foot at state highway 34 and US 176. Multiple weapons including high powered rifles were found inside the vehicle. Some of the weapons were stolen.
Authorities say the three men were all last seen wearing dark pants; one with an orange shirt, one with a white t-shirt, and one with no shirt. The woman was last seen in dark pants and a white t-shirt.
The four suspects are wanted from Greeneville, Tennessee and have been on the run since 11:00PM Wednesday.
Anyone in the area is urged to find safe shelter and stay there during this dangerous situation.
Newberry Schools are still open today, but will have extra deputies on staff. Parents are urged to check their cars, be mindful of surroundings.
Updated at 9:00AM
News19 has crews at the scene, and reports investigators found multiple firearms inside the vehicle, including an AK-47. It is believed by investigators that these were not the only weapons the suspects had with them, and it is possible the four sought are armed and dangerous.
Approximately 100 Law Enforcement officers are participating in the manhunt, along with the Newberry County Sheriff's Department there are officers from SLED, the Saluda County Sheriff's Department, and other agencies involved.
The search perimeter is approximately 5 square miles, near U.S. 176 and SC 34, and Sheriff Foster tells News 19's Lauren Talarico the suspects were believe to have been spotted near Piester Avenue in Pomaria, at about 7:00AM.
Sheriff Foster advises all residents in the area to be sure your homes and vehicles are locked, your car keys remain in your possession at all times, and to carefully check your vehicle and your surroundings outside prior to entering your vehicle or home.
Update at 10:15AM:
Green County Sheriff Steve Burns has identified the Tennessee shooting victim is 36-year-old Robert Blanchard.
Sheriff Burns tells News 19 that one of the suspects on the run is the 16-year-old son of the victim.
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