Arrest made after woman killed, 15-year-old injured in shooting at Lancaster Co. home

The shooting happened after two intruders allegedly forced their way inside the home.
Kristopher Orlando Thomas
Kristopher Orlando Thomas(Lancaster County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jan. 13, 2023 at 3:12 PM EST
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LANCASTER, S.C. (WBTV) - Law enforcement officials have arrested a 21-year-old and detained a 15-year-old after a woman was killed and a 15-year-old boy was seriously injured in a shooting at a home in Lancaster County on Thursday night.

According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting happened just before 9:30 p.m. at a house in the 900 block of 15th Street in Lancaster.

Once at the scene, deputies found the woman and teenager suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, and began rendering aid until EMS arrived.

The woman, who has been identified as 35-year-old Stephanie Johnson, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 15-year-old is expected to survive.

Deputies determined the motive for the incident was a robbery. They said 21-year-old Kristopher Orlando Thomas and a 15-year-old were armed with a handgun and aluminum baseball bat, respectively.

Once inside the home, the man said that he fought with the intruders. During the altercation, gunshots were fired.

After the shots were fired, the intruders fled on foot.

Thomas was arrested Saturday night and charged with murder, attempted murder, burglary 1st degree, attempted armed robbery, four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The juvenile was detained on Friday and is being held at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice Detention Center. The Sixth Circuit Solicitor will determine whether to seek prosecution of the teen as an adult.

“We are pleased we identified these two suspects and got them into custody so quickly,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “The investigators with the Multijurisdictional Violent Crime Task Force and our deputies worked around the clock, and we had help from several other agencies during the investigation and the search for the suspects. These interagency relationships allowed us to quickly gather information and get boots on the ground and in the air to put these two in jail. I am thankful for all the help we received, and I hope this family receives some comfort from knowing that those responsible for these horrific crimes will now face justice.”

Anyone with information about this case should call the sheriff’s office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers.

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