SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) - The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday that there were two people who died in the multi-agency, officer-involved shooting spree that happened in Spartanburg Thursday afternoon.
Forty-nine-year-old Perry James McIntyre, an employee of Charter Spectrum, was said to have been working in the area at the time of the incident when he was shot and sadly passed away at the scene.
Charter Spectrum released the following statement Friday:
"It is with a heavy heart we share the devastating news that the life of Perry McIntyre, one of our Spartanburg-based Field Technicians, was needlessly taken yesterday afternoon near Cleveland Park.
Perry was an expert at his craft and was with our company
family for nine years. Words cannot express our grief over the loss of our colleague, mentor and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Perry's family and loved ones.
We will continue to work with Greenville County Sheriff’s office as they investigate this tragedy."
McIntyre's daughter talked about her father on Friday saying, “my daddy was a friend to everyone and loved his family and friends so much, but above all he loved Jesus. He was the best. I sent the picture to you through my moms Facebook. We are going to fight so hard for the people going in and out of these houses unprotected. This could have been avoided.”
The Coroner also confirmed the second person was 45-year-old Shannon Earl Smith. Smith was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds and died in the operating room. It was later determined that Shannon Earl Smith was the gunman in this shooting.
Spartanburg Water Communications Manager Jennifer Candler said that nine employees were working in the area of North Cleveland Street Thursday repairing a sewer line when a man approached one of their crews and asked them what they were doing. When the crew began to tell him, he took out a gun and began shooting, says Candler. Officials said the two employees shot are expected to be okay.
Smith then left the area to a home on Amelia Street, according to officials.
Spartanburg Sheriff Chuck Wright said deputies arrived on scene and exchanged gunfire with Smith. He added that one deputy was shot in the arm during this exchange. The deputy was pulled into a car and rushed to the hospital, but is expected to be okay.
Also during the standoff, officials said an adult woman suffered at least one gunshot wound that appears to be non-life threatening.
Following the incident, officials held a press conference where they said that the Greenville County Sheriff's Office would now take over the investigation as an uninvolved party.
Spartanburg Water released a statement on their Facebook page on Thursday regarding the two employees injured during the incident.
"Today’s events have certainly been difficult for our Spartanburg Water family. We are thankful that both of our employees are in good condition and their gunshot injuries were not life-threatening. We are grateful for the incredible work done today by our City of Spartanburg and Spartanburg County law enforcement officials and first responders. Our hearts are with all those impacted by today’s senseless acts of violence, and we continue to hold our employees affected and their families in our thoughts and prayers."
This investigation is still in its very early stages. Stay tuned as we work to learn more information.