"Investigators are still pursuing leads," Stivender said. "As a result, several persons are being sought for providing false or misleading information, thus hindering investigators' efforts."
Investigators confirmed the shooting was gang-related based on the information gathered from interviews of various victims and witnesses, and have also determined the shooting was not the result of actions between rival gangs, Stivender said.
While initial reports indicated six men had been shot, CCSO officials were able to discover a seventh victim in the incident and confirmed that one of the other victims gave false information to investigators.
The shooting occurred at a home on Sandy Dam Lane in Walterboro at around 6:42 a.m. Sunday. Deputies say they found multiple gunshot victims and spent ammunition inside the home. According to Stivender, the shooters went inside the home and opened fire.
Elijah Mikel, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, according to the Colleton County Coroner's Office. Officials said the victims were all taken to area hospitals. One victim has since been released.
The motive of the shooting remains unclear, Stivender said. Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Colleton County Sheriff's Office at (843) 549-2211 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.
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