Teens shot, killed man in car

An 18-year-old and two 16-year-olds are charged in the shooting death of a man who confronted them about a possible theft, according to Greenville County deputies. Tommy Lane Smith Jr., 48, of Greenville, was found fatally shot in a vehicle about 4 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Bryson and Gordon streets, according to the coroner and deputies. Tijerrius Harris, 18, was arrested overnight and taken to the Greenville County Detention Center where he faces charges of murder and criminal conspiracy, Lt. 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. “This is another example of an absolute senseless death that never should have occurred,” Sheriff Hobart Lewis said in a statement. “My heart goes out to the family of Mr. Smith who is now having to cope 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 homicide unit will bring forth a sense of justice to those who loved and knew Mr. Smith. I want to commend our homicide investigators and deputies on the FASIT team who worked diligently to solve this crime and apprehend the people responsible.”

An 18-year-old and two 16-year-olds are charged in the shooting death of a man who confronted them about a possible theft, according to Greenville County deputies.

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

Tijerrius Harris, 18, was arrested overnight and taken to the Greenville County Detention Center where he faces charges of murder and criminal conspiracy, Lt. 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 absolute senseless death that never should have occurred,” Sheriff Hobart Lewis said in a statement. “My heart goes out to the family of Mr. Smith who is now having to cope 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 homicide unit will bring forth a sense of justice to those who loved and knew Mr. Smith. I want to commend our homicide investigators and deputies on the FASIT team who worked diligently to solve this crime and apprehend the people responsible.”

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