Published On: Thu, Jun 29th, 2017

South Carolina: Randolph McClain, Ahmond Britton identified as two men shot, killed in wrecked car

Authorities have identified the two men have been shot to death inside a car in a residential neighborhood in a South Carolina city. Randolph McClain and Ahmond Britton were the two killed around 12:45 a.m. Monday.

Darlington Police Chief Danny Watson said officers responded to a call about shots fired at Kirven and Southern Pines Street and found a wrecked car with three people inside. McClain,21, and Britton, 24, were identified by Darlington County Coroner J. Todd Hardee.

Watson said in a news release that one man was already dead, a second died at the hospital and the third man suffered serious injuries, but should recover.

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The chief says his investigators have not made any arrests or figured out why the men were shot.

People in the area, afraid to go on camera with the press, said there was a shootout between two cars that started with a fight about three weeks ago.

A Darlington council member and police chief are working together to stop gun violence after two men were killed earlier this week.

News 13 notes that local politicians and pastors are working together to end the gun violence.

“I just want to thank you for being a part of trying to at least address this problem that we have here in Darlington,” Councilwoman Elaine Reed said to Pastor Rev. Dr. Cecil L. Bromell of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.

“We all have to, first of all, work together. The more we can reach our community and young people, the more we can help them lead a purposeful life,” said Bromell. “When you don’t have a purposeful life, no plan for your life, thereby you have no respect for life.”

“It is important for all of us more so than any other time to pull together and work hard to ensure the safety of the people of Darlington,” said Watson in a post on the Darlington Police Department Facebook.

Watson, Reed and clergy leaders gathered at the scene Wednesday to brainstorm ways to create a safer neighborhood.

“If there is any little part [or] anything I can say to make a difference that’s what I’m going to do,” said Reed. “Let’s map out a plan. Let’s see what we can do to be truly hands-on.”

Reed then invited the group to have a round table discussion.

Minister Cisco Reed with Strong  Tower Christian Ministry explained he’s churches mentoring program called ‘Is there not a cause’.

“We do one young man at a time. We are expanding that to even more,” said Minister Cicso Reed. “I grew up in the City of Darlington. It can be a dangerous thing for a young man not to have anything on his plate during the summer time.”

The group plans to bring mentoring agencies for young men and churches together.

“It took a tragedy to bring us together to do something that we all have a heart, a love and a passion for.We should have been active instead of reactive,” admits Pastor Kelsey Goodson with Strong Tower Christian Ministry.

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