WALTERBORO – Three people are dead, including a 20-month-old girl, and five more are injured following a late-night shooting Monday.
"They killed a whole family," said Ella Adams of Walterboro, who is related to the victims.
The three victims are:
• Charles "Bubba Dog" Kittrell, 45, who died at the scene• Shaniyah Burden, 20 months old, who was pronounced dead at Colleton Medical Center • Christopher Powell, 21, who died at the Medical University Hospital.
Ruby Kitrell, who is Shaniya's grandmother, said the family was grilling out, playing cards and watching TV.
She said she was inside getting ready for work, when she heard a noise like a string of firecrackers being set off.
As she went toward the sound, a young man came through the door and said he was wounded. Then she heard her daughter Alicia screaming about her baby. She ran outside, saw her granddaughter, turned her over and saw that she'd been shot in the head.
She held the child in her arms until someone else came over and grabbed the baby and rushed her to the hopstial, but it was too late.
Ruby Kittrell is Charles Kitrell's sister, as well as Alicia's mother and Shaniya's grandmother.
"Whoever did this to my family, I pray they come forward and turn themselves in. I hope they have a conscience because they've torn my family apart," she said.
According to family members, two people remain hospitalized while the remainder have been treated and released.
Neighbor Donnell Daniels, 32, said he rushed outside when he heard the barrage of bullets.
Everyone seemed to be in shock and he grabbed the baby, jumped in his Buick and floored it to the hospital.
"I snatched the baby up and started praying, saying 'Lord, don't let nothing happen to her. She ain't nothing but a baby.'" He said he thought he still had a chance to get her to the hospital in time because he heard her gasp.
He got her to the hospital as quickly as he could but it was too late.
Bessie Kittrell, 69, Charles Kitrell's mother, said she was in her bedroom, almost asleep, when she heard what she first thought were firecrackers.
"It must have been a machine gun, it sounds like. There were so many (gunshots) I couldn't count them," she said.
When she looked out of the house she saw her son and great-granddaughter lying on the ground.
"When I walked out the door, I knew she (Shaniya) was dead," she said. "The baby was on the gound and I said 'Lord Jesus, have mercy.' "
She said she never saw the car from which the shots were fired.
Someone who had heard the gunfire took Charles Kittrell and Shaniya to Colleton Medical Center.
The shootings all happened about 10 p.m. at a house on the corner of Gerideau and McDaniel streets in Walterboro, officials said.
Adams said her niece, Alicia Kittrell, 24, and Shaniyah Burden's mother, was shot as she tried to cover Shaniyah as the shots rang out and is being treated at Colleton Medical Center.
Christopher Powell was a manager at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Walterboro and was the father of a 6-month-old boy, according to Adams, who is Bessie Kitrell's sister.
"He didn't do anything but come home and go to work," said Adams. "He does what he is supposed to do."
Major Ken Dasen of the Walterboro Police Department said that authorities were initially looking for a black BMW with one headlight out after the shooting occurred. He referred all other questions to the State Law Enforcement Division.
The shooting is under investigation by the Walterboro Police Department and SLED is involved in the investigation as well.
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