Four South Carolina teenagers are in custody, facing serious charges, after they allegedly lured a man out of his apartment and then shot him to death.
On November 14, four teens — three of whom are 14 and one of whom is 15 — allegedly arrived at the apartment in Rock Hill, South Carolina, approximately an hour north of Columbia, where 38-year-old Larry Ingram Jr. lived. According to reports, the teens then enticed Ingram to exit his apartment by kicking and throwing objects at his door.
Once Ingram walked outside his apartment, police say the teens shot him in the back. Once he was on the ground, he was shot once again. WSOC-TV reported that “one of the teens shot Ingram several times.” It is unclear whether Ingram died immediately or later succumbed to his injuries.
Rock Hill police Detective Eric Olson called the shooting “an execution.”
The four teens were arrested hours later after police found the murder weapon, a Glock handgun, wrapped in clothing and tossed in nearby wooded area. There are conflicting reports about whether all four will face murder charges, though at least three of them will. All four have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Police say that two of the four teens are related to Ingram and were motivated to murder him because he took away their laptop computers after they abused their Instagram privileges. They also reportedly resented other disciplinary measures he has imposed on them in the past.
News reports have referred to Ingram as “a father,” and a woman claiming to be the victim’s sister asserted that two of the teens are, indeed, Ingram’s “sons.”
“His sons just wasn’t, you know, they wasn’t ready to accept discipline,” Kimberly Ingram told WSOC-TV through tears. “And it’s very hard on our family, because, not only did I lose my brother … we dealing with my nephews as well.”
Ms. Ingram has asked for prayers for herself and her family during “this tragedy of our life.”
On Tuesday, three of the four teens appeared before Visiting Family Court Judge Kimaka Nichols-Graham, who ordered all four juvenile suspects to be held in custody pending trial. The state is hoping to try the three as adults. The fourth is expected to appear in court in the coming days.
Though prosecutor Kevin Bracket expressed gratitude that the teens will remain in custody, he seemed to acknowledge that the overall situation is as heartbreaking as it is outrageous.
“Seeing little kids come into court facing those kind of charges always just hurts the heart. So there’s that,” Bracket said. “The allegations are horrible. There is no question about that. I think it’s appropriate that they be detained while we sort this out.”