Four in custody following shooting death of Hilton Head 8-year-old

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Four in custody following shooting death of Hilton Head 8-year-old

Published Sunday, September 2, 2012   |  770 Words  |  

Four men are in custody after a feud turned violent Saturday afternoon and stray gunfire killed an 8-year-old boy on Hilton Head Island.

None of the men has been charged yet in the death of Hilton Head Island Elementary School student Khalil Singleton. He was playing near his grandmother's home on Allen Road when a bullet fired in the gun battle hit him in the torso shortly before 5 p.m.

Allen Road is off of Marshland Road, running between Marshland and Broad Creek, and leads to a neighborhood of randomly scattered mobile homes.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says the dispute between Tyrone Robinson, 37, and two other men -- Aaron Scott Young Sr., 36, and his son Aaron Scott Young Jr., 19 -- began earlier Saturday. The men, all of whom have been arrested, had "an ongoing feud," according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office said Robinson had been armed earlier Saturday afternoon when he got into a fight with Young Jr. on Wildhorse Road, where the Youngs live. During the fight, Robinson allegedly pulled a handgun. The men struggled and the weapon went off, but the bullet didn't strike anyone, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The incident was one of several altercations between Robinson and the Youngs that day, the Sheriff's Office says.

Later on Saturday, the Youngs allegedly came to Allen Road, where Robinson lives. The Sheriff's Office said the Youngs fired at Robinson's unoccupied car, which was parked on the side of the road.

Young Sr. and Young Jr. both have been charged with one count of discharging a firearm into a vehicle. Each is being held on $150,000 bond, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center jail log.

Robinson was charged with pointing and presenting a firearm in connection with the earlier struggle with Young Jr. He also is charged in an unrelated incident, the second-degree burglary of Top Dollar Pawn on Aug. 19. His bond is set at $75,000, according to the jail log. Top Dollar Pawn has shops on Hilton Head and Bluffton, according to phone book listings.

The fourth man arrested and questioned in connection with Khalil's shooting is Jontu Singleton, 35, who investigators say was Robinson's accomplice in the August burglary of Top Dollar Pawn.

Khalil's second cousin, Britney Brinson, a nurse at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, said Khalil was playing with Singleton's son on Saturday afternoon when he was shot.

Brinson said she saw Robinson walking down Allen Road just after the shooting. He saw the wounded boy and kept walking, then went inside a home, she said. Robinson lives just down the street from where the shooting occurred.

Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone said rap sheets for the four men were not immediately available. According to the Beaufort County Detention Center jail log, all four of the men had been arrested in the past.

Young Jr. was charged with malicious injury to real property and disrupting schools in 2011. He also was charged with trespassing that year.

Young Sr. has been arrested 18 times since 1996, including Saturday's arrest, for offenses such as high and aggravated criminal domestic violence, possession of crack, possession of cocaine, driving under suspension and violating probation, parole and orders of protection.

Robinson has been arrested 27 times since 1994, including Saturday's arrest. He has been charged with possession and distribution of crack; attempted murder; leaving the scene of an accident twice; assault and battery multiple times, including assaulting a police officer while trying to flee; criminal domestic violence; theft; and fleeing the scene of a crime. He has served time in state prisonfor some of those crimes, according to the jail log.

Singleton also has served time in state prison, according to the jail log. He has been arrested 27 times in Beaufort County, including Saturday's arrest, for offenses including assault with intent to kill, driving under the influence, shoplifting, criminal domestic violence and violating probation and parole, according to the jail log.

Sheriff P.J. Tanner said the Sheriff's Office will not provide updates on the case until mid-week, when forensics testing is expected to be completed.

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