Deputies arrest two suspects in connection with the death of Winston Hunter

Press conference for 6-year-old killed in drive-by shooting in Woodford-Orangeburg
Press conference for 6-year-old killed in drive-by shooting in Woodford-Orangeburg(Sophie Keyes Hoge)
Published: May. 28, 2022 at 1:57 PM EDT|Updated: May. 29, 2022 at 5:51 PM EDT
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WOODFORD, S.C. (WIS) - Sheriff Leroy Ravenell held a press conference on Sunday afternoon at the Orangeburg County Courthouse with updates involving the Winston Hunter case.

“We started out an investigation that we had little information on, to be honest. We had a vehicle, a type vehicle that we thought may had been involved,” Ravenell said.

According to Orangeburg County deputies, on Friday, a tip came in from New York saying the vehicle belonged to 19-year-old Ethan Anderson of West Columbia.

Anderson was arrested and has since been charged with three counts of attempted murder and four counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He had his first appearance in court Sunday and was not granted bond.

Another suspect is in custody for Winston Hunter’s death, but officials say they are a minor, so a name has not been released. The only information released by Sheriff Ravenell was that the suspect will be tried as an adult, and they are in custody in New York.

Investigators have reason to believe the remaining suspect is in New York, as well.

20-year-old Michael Lloyd is the third suspect, wanted for murder.

“He can run, but New York is not far enough as you see,” Sheriff Ravenell said.

During the press conference, Sheriff Ravenell mentioned those involved with Winston Hunter’s death were possibly on the run from other crimes they had committed, which is possibly why they were in South Carolina.

“We are not going to rest until this coward is in jail,” Sheriff Ravenell said.

Another new detail released by Sheriff Ravenell was that this was a random act of violence. The Hunter family were not targets and did not know the suspects.

Three guns were shot at the scene of the crime, according to investigators and since then, two have been recovered.

Earlier details in the case shared by investigators led to Joshua Devon Pettus as a person of interest.

Officials say Pettus has turned himself in, but would not comment on his involvement to Winston Hunter’s death.

If you have any information on Michael Lloyd’s whereabouts, call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.

Suspect Michael Lloyd:

A suspect in the killing of 6-year-old Winston Hunter
A suspect in the killing of 6-year-old Winston Hunter(Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office)

Suspect Ethan Anderson in virtual arraignment court:

Ethan Anderson in virtual arraignment court
Ethan Anderson in virtual arraignment court(Sophie Keyes Hoge)

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