Two killed in Spartanburg Co. triple-shooting - FOX Carolina 21

Two killed in Spartanburg Co. triple-shooting

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Jefferson Perry in July 2005. (Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office) Jefferson Perry in July 2005. (Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office)
From left: Barbara Perry, Donald and Gloria Stephens. (Courtesy family friends) From left: Barbara Perry, Donald and Gloria Stephens. (Courtesy family friends)
Interstate 85 north where Sunday's chase ended with a crash. (Nov. 13, 2011/FOX Carolina) Interstate 85 north where Sunday's chase ended with a crash. (Nov. 13, 2011/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said two people died after a shooting in Spartanburg County, and the suspect was in custody after a high speed chase ended in Cherokee County.

Master Deputy Craig Bradley said Jefferson Perry, 68, shot three people at two homes on Rosedale Drive in Greer.

Deputies said Perry shot his wife Barbara Perry at their Rosedale home then went across the street and shot his brother-in-law Donald Stephens and Gloria Stephens, his sister-in-law. Barbara and Donald both died and Gloria is recovering at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Family friends told FOX Carolina that Gloria Stephens, who goes by Pat, is in stable condition but had one of her hands amputated. FOX Carolina spoke with the neighbors who live across the street from the Perry's and Stephens who said they witnessed the shooting.

Neighbor Scott Pruitt said he saw Jefferson Perry exit his home carrying a shotgun and head to the Stephens, where they heard gunfire. Pruitt said that Perry then left the home, he unloaded the shotgun in the front yard, and took the gun to another neighbor's home whom he had borrowed the gun from on Friday.

Pruitt said that Perry's adult granddaughter had run out of the home, saying Perry had shot her grandmother. Pruitt said they tried to make sure she was safe. They saw Perry get in his car before a deputy pulled up.

Pruitt said they went to check on the victims after Perry fled. They saw that Gloria had been shot in the hand, and they thought Barbara would be the most likely to survive because she was talking and alert, saying she was in a lot of pain.

Deputies said they saw Perry flee the scene in a Buick sedan and began to chase him north on Interstate 85. The high speed chase lasted thirty miles before Perry wrecked near the 92 mile marker in Cherokee County, according to deputies.

Deputies said Perry jumped out of the car and pointed a gun at law enforcement, who returned fired, injuring Perry. He was taken into custody and is being treated at the hospital before he is taken to the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

Bradley said he is expected to recover from his wound. South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident because it is an officer-involved shooting, which is protocol.

Deputies said they were called to the Perry residence on Friday night for a disturbance call, but when they arrived, nothing was going on so no report was made.

According to Lieutenant Tony Ivey, arrest warrants charge Perry with one count of attempted murder and two counts of murder. There is no word when Perry will be released from the hospital and transferred to the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

District Five Schools of Spartanburg County said Monday that Barbara Perry had worked for the district for 15 years as a teacher's assistant and bus driver. She worked at Beech Springs Intermediate, Byrnes High School, DR Hill Middle School and Beech Springs.

Her sister Pat Stephens was also employed by the district for 15 years. She worked at Wellford Elementary and Beech Springs as the bookkeeper.

"This is a very difficult time for the entire District Five family," said Bobby Bentley, Director of public Relations for the district. "Our prayers are with the families involved in this tragedy. 

Counselors were available for students and staff at schools on Monday.

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