Sheriff: 10-Year-Old Boy Found Dead In Lancaster Was Shot By Friend

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Deputies determined a 10-year-old boy shot and killed his 10-year-old friend while they were playing with a gun in the living room of a mobile home in Lancaster County, according to a news release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting was first reported on November 15th.  After an intense investigation, detectives determined the 10-year-old was handling a loaded 9mm pistol inside a mobile home on Coastal Way when the weapon discharged and struck Dylan Twitty.

Dylan Twitty

Deputies searched the mobile home and found the loaded 9mm pistol and evidence that the shooting occurred inside the home.

Officials say various theories began circulating in the community about how this event occurred, who might have been present, and who fired the weapon.  Investigators say they interviewed many people including the child.

The investigation led authorities to determining that the two boys were friends and Twitty was visiting the home after school when the shooting occurred.  The boys were reportedly alone inside the home.

Another person who lived in the home told investigators that they kept a 9mm pistol under a mattress in a bedroom.  Detectives say the child knew about the pistol and took it out.  The boys were reportedly playing in the living room of the home when the pistol discharged.

Twitty was struck by the bullet and immediately incapacitated, according to a news release.  Investigators say the child carried Twitty out of the home but the incident wasn’t discovered until other children from the neighborhood were dropped off from their school bus.

The parent of the child accused in the shooting has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child due to the fact that the boys were unsupervised in the home, according to a news release.  Authorities say the parent no longer has any minors living in the home.

According to Sheriff Barry Faile, “This was a heartbreaking and tragic loss for the family of this ten-year-old victim, and everybody who knows about this case including all the officers who have and continue to work on it have been affected by what happened.  Although we are confident in the basic facts of this incident, this is an ongoing investigation. We are working closely with Solicitor Randy Newman and his staff to determine what steps are next for this child and whether charges are appropriate for any others involved in this case regarding the circumstances leading up to and following this incident.”

Original Story (Posted Nov. 15, 2019):

LANCASTER CO., S.C. – A ten-year-old boy was shot and killed in Lancaster Friday. Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies say they were dispatched to a mobile home park on Coastal Way off Memorial Park Road in Lancaster just before 4PM.

911 callers reported that someone had been shot. When deputies arrived, they found the boy on the ground between two mobile homes. Neighbors were trying to help him. Deputies say they couldn’t tell if he had been shot once or multiple times.

Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived and started treating the boy. They transported him to the Medical University of South Carolina – Lancaster Medical Center. He died at the hospital. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

Crime scene investigators secured the scene at the mobile home park, and began interviewing people and searching for evidence. The Sheriff’s Office says investigators will work through the night. No one has been taken in custody for the shooting yet, but the Sheriff’s Office says, “it does not appear to be a random act.” The boy lived nearby the mobile home park, but investigators do not know if he was the intended target.

If you have information about this shooting that can help investigators, please call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.