Police Identify Suspect in Recent SC Shooting That Left Three Women Dead
A 23-year-old man, Kenneth Ancrum, has been charged in connection with the shootings at Ravenel mobile home park that left three people dead and another person hurt. The suspect Kenneth Ancrum has been officially charged with three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime. All three murder victims were female.
Around 1:30 pm a call came in and officers with the Charleston County Sheriff’s department responded because of shots fired thinking it was a domestic dispute or disturbance. When police arrived they saw Ancrum trying to leave the mobile home park with a female passenger. Deputies state that he was trying to drag the injured female into his car.
Officers detained him and took him into custody and the officer saw the female victim has a gunshot wound to her thigh. At that point the victim was taken to a nearby medical center for treatment. When more police officers arrived on the scene they soon discovered the carnage inside the mobile home. They found two deceased women and one child inside the home, along with an unharmed four-month old baby. The child was taken care of by officers until social services arrived on the scene.
The shooting did seem to be a domestic situation that turned very bad, quickly. Investigators processed the crime scene and additionally went door to door interviewing neighbors trying to get a better idea of what exactly happened that afternoon.
South Carolina ranks as number one for violence against women and this case is a glaring example. Deaths of women in South Carolina is 2.32 killed per 100,000. This is more than two times the national average. A study showed that 94 percent of women killed in South Carolina were killed by someone they knew and usually with a gun.
“Yet in the face of these alarming statistics, more needs to be done at the federal and state levels to protect women from abuse and prevent future tragedies,” Rand said.
“Domestic violence is a growing problem across the nation and when angry spouses have access to weapons it can have fatal consequences like in the above story,” says Joe Saunderfur, managing partner at a top wrongful death law firm in Myrtle Beach at joeandmartin.com/myrtle-beach.
Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of death for women nationwide. Unfortunately, there is very little victims can do to protect themselves from a violent partner. Yes, courts will issue restraining orders, but when people get violent a piece of paper rarely stops them from harming a person. Victims are often forced to go into hiding and completely remake their lives in order to simply survive. The laws do not air on the side of the victim, but give too many chances to the violators. By the time a woman is taken seriously by authorities it is often too late.
If you have been the victim of domestic violence or lost a loved one due to a violent situation contact an attorney and let them help fight for you.