Two men were charged today with murder in the shooting death of an 8-year-old boy on Hilton Head Island who was caught in the crossfire of a gun battle Saturday while playing in his grandmother’s yard. One other man was charged in connection with the gunfight.
The following news release was issued today by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, about a half hour before a planned 7 p.m. vigil to honor slain Khalil Singleton:
“As a result of the investigation and forensic analysis of evidence, Sheriff’s Office investigators and the 14thJudicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office have determined that 37-year old Tyrone Robinson and 19-year old Aaron Young Jr. be charged with the murder of Khalil Singleton, who was outside playing when shots were fired by Young and Robinson.
“In addition, both Aaron Young Jr. and his father, Aaron Young Sr., will be charged with conspiracy to murder Robinson. It is believed that the incident was part of an ongoing drug-related feud among the men.
“The Youngs were initially arrested each on one count of Discharging a Firearm into a Vehicle for firing multiplerounds into Robinson’s vehicle just prior to the shooting of Khalil Singleton.
“Robinson and a fourth subject, 35-year old Jontu Singleton Sr., were initially arrested on unrelated Burglary (second-degree) charges for a break-in at Top Dollar Pawn Shop occurring on August 19th. Robinson was also charged for Pointingand Presenting a Firearm for an incident that occurred earlier on September 1st on Wild Horse Rd. During that incident, Robinson and Young Sr. reportedly got into a physical altercation during which Robinson brandished a handgun. As the men struggled, the weapon was discharged but did not strike anyone.
“The investigation remains active. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact either Investigator Sgt. L. Albertin at 843-255-3214 or the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.”