Lowcountry man indicted in shooting deaths of 3 people, unborn twins

Lowcountry man indicted in shooting deaths of 3 people, unborn twins
Alexis Mungin, 29, is one of the victims officials say was fatally shot by Kenneth Ancrum. (Source: Facebook)
Alexis Mungin, 29, is one of the victims officials say was fatally shot by Kenneth Ancrum. (Source: Facebook)
Betty Mungin, 55, is one of the victims officials say was fatally shot by Kenneth Ancrum (Source: Shemika Champion)
Betty Mungin, 55, is one of the victims officials say was fatally shot by Kenneth Ancrum (Source: Shemika Champion)
Armani Mungin, 8, is one of the victims officals say was fatally shot by Kenneth Ancrum (Source: Shemika Champion)
Armani Mungin, 8, is one of the victims officals say was fatally shot by Kenneth Ancrum (Source: Shemika Champion)

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Prosecutors say Kenneth Ancrum has been indicted by the Charleston County Grand Jury for the shooting deaths of three people and two unborn children.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson announced Ancrum was originally charged with kidnapping, attempted murder, three counts of murder and one count of possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection to the May shooting at a home on Savannah Highway in Ravenel.

Betty Mungin, 55, Alexis Mungin, 29 and pregnant, and Armani Mungin, eight years old, were fatally shot in the incident.

Wilson says the solicitor's office also presented two additional murder charges regarding the unborn twin children who "were in utero and viable when their mother was murdered."

Shortly before 1:30 p.m. on May 17, 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.

Sheriff Al 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."

The shooting appeared to be a domestic situation, Cannon said.

Authorities say Ancrum was arrested for domestic violence last year, but the charges were dropped because a witness changed their story.

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