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Three people have been arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting that killed two in Cherryvale in September.
Sierra Renee Wilson, 19, Armonie Freeman, 22, and Trayvaune Scott, 20, all face two counts of murder and additional charges stemming from the deaths of Christopher Antonio Thompson, 19, and Michael Sigler, 22. They were killed when a vehicle pulled up to the two as they walked along the roadway on Sept. 18 with Sigler's father and fired several shots, according to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.
Sigler's father was not injured. Both men were transported to the hospital and died.
An investigation identified the vehicle driven during the shooting had been reported stolen from a residence in Sumter County days before the incident. Wilson has been charged with stealing the vehicle, Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis wrote in a news release.
On Sept. 21, a Sumter Police Department officer who had received information about the vehicle being driven in the Sumter area initiated a traffic stop, and the driver attempted to flee in the vehicle, Dennis wrote.
There were two people in the vehicle, and both abandoned it and fled on foot into a wooded area. Officers at the scene identified the driver, Scott, and Freeman, the passenger.
When the vehicle was processed, evidence obtained linked it to the Cherryvale killings, he wrote.
The investigation developed information that linked all three to the double homicide scene, according to the sheriff's office. Wilson was arrested on Nov. 12 and charged with two counts of murder and one count each of grand larceny of a vehicle and financial transaction card theft.
Sheriff's office deputies went to Scott's house on Nov. 13 to serve outstanding warrants in connection to the investigation. When they arrived, he fled into a wooded area, according to the sheriff's office. After a foot chase, he was detained.
In addition to the two murder charges, Scott also faces possession of a stolen vehicle, failure to stop for a blue light, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, two counts of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, criminal conspiracy, obstruction of justice, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a stolen firearm.
Freeman was inside the residence at the time and was arrested. He has been charged with, in addition to the two murder counts, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, criminal conspiracy, obstruction of justice, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of a stolen firearm.
Weapons and drugs were seized from the home, according to the sheriff's office.
While originally thought to be gang-related in connection with a social media video and fatal shooting at a gas station, Dennis said this double homicide does not appear to be related to any of the recent shootings in Sumter County.
He said he is thankful for members of the community who are "proactive in sharing information with law enforcement" and praised the efforts of the officers and investigators who "worked tirelessly to identify and apprehend these subjects."
There have been 15 homicides in Sumter County so far in 2019. Nine have occurred within city limits. In 2018, there were seven.
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