GREENVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) – Deputies say three suspects wearing masks shot and killed a man in Greenville County.
The victim was shot around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday outside his home on Bethuel Church Road.
The coroner’s office has identified the victim as 37-year-old Antron Treemain Crawford.
Authorities say Crawford had just arrived home when he was ambushed by the masked suspects and shot at least once near his vehicle.
“When he told them a second time he wasn’t going to get out of the car, they reached in and dragged him out of the car and then started shooting him,” said Crawfords father, Theodore Fuller.
Fuller explained that Crawford was coming home from picking up his girlfriend.
According to his girlfriend, the men jumped out from behind the bushes on the side of the home.
The coroner’s office confirmed after the shooting, Crawford ran into a home and collapsed. He was taken to Greenville Memorial Trauma Center where he died early Thursday morning.
“I hoped everyone was alright, and… He didn’t make it,” said Crawford’s neighbor, Benn Anderson who told 7News he heard three gunshots that night.
The coroner says Crawford died from a gunshot wound to the chest and the manner was homicide.
“This is useless,” said Fuller. “My baby’s gone, I can’t get him back. And before I leave this earth, I want to know those individuals are behind bars because I’m going to be behind it 100% as long as I have breath in my body.”
Fuller said Crawford had two sons, 24 and 11 years old.
He reportedly worked as a tattoo artist.
Deputies and K9s searched for the suspects, but were unable to locate them.
“The ones that did it, I feel sorry for you and may God bless your soul,” said Anderson. “And may your conscience forgive you. Thank you Lord.”
Investigators ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.