Sheriff: Suspected murderer armed with gun boarded school bus

Sheriff: Suspected murderer armed with gun boarded school bus
Stevie Elmore (Source: Dorchester County Sheriff's Office)
Stevie Elmore (Source: Dorchester County Sheriff's Office)

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators in Dorchester County say 43-year-old Stevie Elmore was armed with a gun when he boarded a school bus after fatally shooting a man in Harleyville.

It all started on Friday, when a deputy on duty at Woodland High School was notified by the principal that students had witnessed an incident on a school bus route on Iris Lane.

The sheriff's office says a school bus driven by a substitute bus driver, identified as Elmore's mother, stopped in front of the shooting location on Iris Lane to pick up a student. A report states it was at that time that Elmore, who was armed with a stolen gun, got onto the school bus.

When deputies responded to the incident, they were told that a man was shot and lying on the roadway, and the suspect, identified as Elmore, was still on the scene armed with a gun.

Responding deputies reported seeing a woman, holding a revolver, and Elmore walk into roadway. Authorities then told the woman and the man, later identified as Elmore, to get on the ground. An incident report states the revolver had been reported stolen out of Orangeburg County.

Authorities then discovered the victim, Mark Anthony Daniel Sr. of St. George, lying on his back in a ditch along the road. The coroner's office say Daniel died from gunshot wounds to his chest.

Laura Williams who lived next door to the suspect said Elmore and the victim knew each other and worked together.

"I'm shocked. The only thing I want to do is wake up. I'm sleeping, I'm dreaming. I just want to wake up," Williams said.

The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office is investigating this crime.

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