Sheriff: Man murdered, search on for suspect

  • Sunshot by Michael Hall -- A GBI crime scene unit is parked outside a home in the 900 block of Friendship Road on Tuesday morning where law enforcement says a man was shot to death and a woman wounded on Monday night.
    Sunshot by Michael Hall -- A GBI crime scene unit is parked outside a home in the 900 block of Friendship Road on Tuesday morning where law enforcement says a man was shot to death and a woman wounded on Monday night.
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Update 5:40 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28

South Hart Elementary School will be closed for all students, faculty and staff on Tuesday as law enforcement officials continue their search for a man they believe to be Larrendrick Rashad Tabor, of Hartwell, as a person of interest in an allegedly gang-related murder that happened Monday on Friendship Road in Hartwell. A post by the school system on Facebook says the school is closed Tuesday for safety concerns.

Sheriff Mike Cleveland said a young man was shot and killed and a woman was transported to a hospital stabbed and with a gunshot wound to her leg after the 8:15 p.m. incident.

Law enforcement believe Tabor ran from authorities toward South Hart Elementary may still be in the area.

Tabor is believed to be dangerous, Cleveland said. Tabor is around 5-foot-7 and 140 pounds.

Update 11:13 p.m.

Authorities are searching for Larrendrick Rashad Tabor as a person of interest in what Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland called a gang-related shooting. Tabor was identified at the scene of the shooting by a witness, Cleveland said.

Cleveland said Tabor, from Hartwell, was tracked from the crime scene on Friendship Road where Cleveland said a man was killed and a woman wounded at around 8 p.m. on Monday to a location in the area around South Elementary School on Bowman Highway where tracking dogs lost him.

Cleveland said the GBI and Hart County deputies are processing the crime scene.

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A man is dead and a woman has been taken to the hospital from a location on Friendship Road in Hart County in an apparent gang—related shooting while law enforcement searches the area for a person of interest.

Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland said the incident occurred around 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday. He did not identify the victims but did say the shooting  was connected to what authorities say is a gang-related death in Anderson.

Anderson County, S.C., Sheriffs said the body of Mericus J. Scott, of Royston, 18, was found with gunshot wounds in a retention pond in Anderson County on Jan. 20. Scott’s father is from Hartwell.

Cleveland said the shooting on Friendship Road is connected and is gang related.

Hart, Elbert and Franklin deputies as well as the Georgia State Patrol and its aviation division and the GBI are searching about a 2 and half mile area around where the incident occurred. Bloodhounds and other methods are being used in the search.

This story is still developing.