Family of shooting victim Charles Mackey claims hate crime committed

ANDERSON CO., S.C. (WSPA) – A fatal shooting that happened in Iva has been ruled as self-defense, according to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

But the family of the man who was killed believes he was the victim of a hate crime.

The shooting happened on Leona Drive on July 27th, 2016.

Two men shot at each other from their own yards, Sheriff Chad McBride says.

According to investigators, Charles Mackey pulled a gun on his neighbor and fired a shot, but that neighbor quickly fired back, killing Mackey.

Sheriff McBride announced on Friday that there would be no criminal charges filed and that the shooting was done in self-defense.

“It’s hard for me to sleep at night. All through the day, I’m thinking about my child,” Charles’ mom, Mary Mackey, said.

The findings of the six-month investigation aren’t sitting well with loved ones.

They firmly believe the shooter killed Mackey because of his relationship with a close friend’s wife.

“She and my brother was having an affair,” Mackey’s sister, Mary Simpson, said.

We reached out to Sheriff McBride about that claim and shared that he’s “aware of the issues that caused the dispute.”

“For someone to take his life over property, whether it be physical property or marital property — regardless of what the situation was, it’s not worth someone’s life,” Mackey’s niece, Jessica, said.

Traci Fant, who is the spokesperson for the family, says they’re now putting in a request for the FBI to review this case as a hate crime.

“There were a lot of racial slurs,” Fant said. “There were a lot of racial name calling. There was a lot of tings that could put this in that direction.”

The shooting was all caught on video from cameras on the shooter’s home.

Sheriff McBride showed that video to family members.

“Mr. McBride was excellent. Very courteous,” Mackey’s brother, James, said.

But they say the surveillance, which hasn’t been publicly released, doesn’t answer all of their questions.

In addition to the hate crime inquiry, the family is also filing a wrongful death suit.

We are not releasing the shooter’s name because he has not been charged with a crime.

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