1 man dead after breaking into home, shooting


One man is dead after breaking into a home early this morning and shooting at the three people inside, including a minor.

Greenville Police Department Assistant Police Chief Michael Merchant said officers received the call about the shooting at 5 a.m. this morning at a home in the 300 block of Ohio Street.

When officers arrived at the home, they found an injured 43-year-old black male who had been shot and a 48-year-old black male identified by police as Inverness resident Randy Anderson, who had also been shot and was pronounced dead on scene by the Washington County Coroner. 

“Investigators of the Criminal Investigation Division responded and began to follow-up the incident,” Merchant said.

According to the preliminary investigation, the female resident of the house had ended a relationship with her child’s father, Anderson, several months ago. The woman and her child were inside the home with the 43-year-old male and a gunshot first fired through a bedroom window at about 5 a.m. and all three people fled into a bathroom. 

Anderson then kicked open the door and began firing once inside the home. He then began shooting into the bathroom and shot the 43-year-old male once.

“The male occupant inside the residence returned fire, striking the ex-boyfriend,” Merchant said.

The male victim was transported to Delta Regional Medical Center and later flown out to another area hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

An examination of the home revealed someone had pulled the light meter off the home, causing all the power to go out, according to Merchant.
If anyone has any information, they are asked to call the Greenville Police Department at 662-378-1515 or Crimestoppers at 662-378-8477.