South Carolina

Four confirmed dead in related shootings in downtown Greenville and Pickens Co.

Anna Lee

The Greenville-Pickens was the scene of the discovery of three dead individuals.
The Greenville-Pickens was the scene of the discovery of three dead individuals. The Greenville News

Four people are dead from a chain of events that began with a fatal shooting at a downtown Greenville apartment complex Thursday and ended in incomprehensible tragedy.

Authorities Thursday night were trying to fit together the pieces of two separate crime scenes — one at the parking garage at Main + Stone and the other at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley — in an effort to understand what happened.

The Greenville County Coroner’s Office identified the first shooting victim as Meredith Leigh Rahme, 28, of Greenville.

Rahme lived at the apartment complex on North Main Street, Deputy Coroner Kent Dill said. She was "apparently shot by another person as she exited her vehicle," Dill said in a release late Thursday.

An autopsy was scheduled for Friday.

The three victims in Pickens County have not yet been identified.

Investigators believe the deaths stemmed from a domestic incident and that there was no threat to the public.

The Greenville Police Department first responded to a deadly shooting at 5:07 p.m. at the Main + Stone complex, Police Chief Ken Miller said.

Police said officers found a woman dead inside a vehicle on the third floor of a parking garage and were searching for the suspect, a 36-year-old woman who fled the scene in a black Jeep Patriot, possibly with children inside.

Shortly after 7 p.m., a news photographer on his way home from work noticed the suspect’s vehicle parked at the Speedway and called 911, according to Chief Deputy Creed Hashe of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.

The SUV was locked with the engine running, and there were three deceased people inside, Hashe said.

Investigators believe the two crime scenes are connected and that the suspect from the apartment shooting was among the deceased.

Authorities would not release the ages or genders of the victims found inside the vehicle.

Hashe said the wounds are consistent with gunshot wounds.

At a news conference held across from the racetracks Thursday night, Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said the shootings tore apart "a lot of families."

"This is a tragedy that's senseless and hard to understand," Clark said.

Hashe, meanwhile, described the crime scene as "graphic and tragic."

At the beginning of the investigation in Greenville, Miller had said investigators believed the shooting was domestic-related.

Restaurant workers near the Main + Stone complex said they heard a single gunshot just after 5 p.m. A few moments later, one worker said he saw six squad cars circling up the garage.

Officers located a woman with a gunshot wound in the driver's seat of a white SUV, said Greenville police spokesman Johnathan Bragg.

Chief Miller said officers at the scene were able to make contact with an acquaintance of the victim and that the acquaintance named a possible suspect.

    Staff writer Maayan Schechter contributed.