An 8-year-old Hilton Head Island boy is dead after being caught in the crossfire of a gun battle that broke just before 5 p.m. on Allen Road, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, and four people of interest in the shooting have been arrested.
Khalil Singleton was playing outside a residence when shots were fired among a group in the area, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Robin McIntosh said in a news release Saturday.
Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division personnel arrived to find the child laying wounded in the front yard.
He was taken to Hilton Head Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Beaufort County Coroner David Ott. No other injuries were reported, the Sheriff's Office said.
Investigators have identified 19-year old Aaron Young Jr.; his father, Aaron Young Sr., 36; Jontu Singleton, 35; and Tyrone Robinson, 37, as persons of interest in the shooting, according to a second news release early Sunday morning.
The Youngs have been arrested and each charged with one count of discharging a firearm into a vehicle after multiple rounds were fired into Robinson’s vehicle, part of an ongoing feud among the men, the release said. Robinson’s vehicle was parked on Allen Road and was unoccupied at the time of the shooting. Investigators believe the shooting victim was struck during gunfire exchanged between Robinson and the Youngs.
Robinson and Singleton have been arrested on unrelated, second-degree burglary charges for a break-in at Top Dollar Pawn Shop occurring on Aug. 19. Robinson has also been charged with pointing and presenting a firearm for an earlier incident involving him and Young Sr. on Wildhorse Road. During that incident, Robinson and Young Sr. got into a fight, during which Robinson brandished a handgun, the Sheriff's Office says. As the men struggled, the weapon went off, but no one was shot.
Anyone with additional information can call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-274-6372 or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).