CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Deputies have charged a 23-year-old man in the shooting at a Ravenel mobile home park that left three dead and a fourth wounded Tuesday afternoon.
Kenneth Ancrum is charged with three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.
Ancrum is slated to have a bond hearing Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Sheriff Al Cannon confirmed the three victims killed were female, saying two were adults and the third was a "younger female."
The ages and identities of the victims have not yet been released.
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A fourth victim, he said, was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.
A four-month-old boy who was also at the scene of the shooting was not injured and was fed and safeguarded by deputies until family could be reached, he said.
The baby was later taken from the scene in the custody of a victims' advocate.
Shortly before 1:30 p.m., deputies with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office responded to the 5000 block of Savannah Highway in reference to a report of shots fired and possibly a domestic related disturbance.
When deputies arrived they reported seeing Ancrum attempting to leave the mobile home park in his vehicle with a female passenger.
Cannon said when the deputy arrived on the scene within minutes of the first report of the shooting, he caught the suspect trying to drag the injured woman into a car.
The deputy held the suspect at gunpoint then took him into custody with the help of backup, Cannon said.
"The deputy challenged the suspect while in his vehicle," CCSO officials said."After the suspect was detained and take in to custody, the deputy discovered a female victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the leg."
That victim was transported to the Medical University of South Carolina.
In a Twitter post, the sheriff credited the deputy with likely saving the victim's life:
When more deputies arrived on scene, they discovered the deceased bodies of two women and one female child inside a home; all three victims were shot.
"As our deputies continued to search the residence for additional victims, they found a four month old baby who didn't appeared to be harmed," CCSO officials said."The infant child was turned over to the Department of Social Services for proper placement."
Deputies are processing the scene inside the home where the shooting occurred and the area where the deputy detained the suspect.
The shooting appeared to be a domestic situation, Cannon said, but declined to describe the relationship between the parties involved.
Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson confirmed one person was in custody.
The shooting was reported at approximately 1:29 p.m. in the 5300 block of Savannah Highway, according to Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch.
Investigators have been seen going door-to-door interviewing residents.
Luwanna Warren who lives across the street said she's never seen a police presence like this in the area and was surprised to learn what happened.
"Oh my god what happened...it was scary," Warren said.
Lawrence Gordon who works just around the corner of where the shooting took place said he had to come and see what happened after hearing the commotion.
"I had to see what really happened," Gordon said."I understand there's a number of people dead...it's so sad. I'm sorry for this family and I feel for this community. This is unnecessary."
Authorities say Ancrum was arrested for domestic violence last year, but the charges were dropped because a witness changed their story.