A teenager has turned herself in after fatally shooting her brother in Monroe last night.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident which leaves 21-year-old Elijah Moore dead and sister Breanna Moore behind bars. Friday night would be the last time these siblings would ever be together. The two and another man were last seen at this home on the 6200 block of Old Pageland-Marshville road.
“Sometime while there an argument ensued between the three of them at some point miss Moore retrieved the handgun from a vehicle and fired at least one shot in the direction of her brother,” said Tony Underwood, Union Co. Sheriff’s Department.
“A couple minutes later the little girl that lives over there which is really good friends with my daughter comes running to was crying saying that her brother got shot,” said a neighbor named Josh, who wished to have his last name remain anonymous. He immediately called 9-1-1 and tried to stop the bleeding while waiting for first-responders to arrive.
“It was the most brutal thing I've ever seen in my life I've never seen so much blood in my life I've never seen never had a hold somebody's hand and watch them gasping for breath,” said Josh.
21-year-old Elijah was transported to CMC Union hospital where he was pronounced dead while 19-year-old Brianna immediately fled the scene with the other man and a little girl living at that house. But Saturday she turned herself in to authorities in Dillon, South Carolina, welcomed news for neighbors.
“If she's crazy enough to shoot a brother should be crazy enough to come to my house and cause trouble with my family,” said Josh.
Breanna Moore is charged with the first degree murder of her brother but there are still far too many unanswered questions, like what motives she might have had.
“Investigators have spoken with her obviously she's upset I mean it's sort of a no-win situation for the family it was one child and then another child is accused situation like this so it's sort of a no-win situation for the family,” said Underwood.
This isn’t the first time one family member murdered another at this home. There was a similar incident back in 2002, with distant relatives of the Moore family.
“The suspect was at the back door [and] shot the victim. Rick long was his name,” said Underwood. “Mr. long was shot on the back of the head. We ultimately arrested his brother-in-law.”
As for the latest homicide here, Josh said he can’t help but feel a bit guilty, knowing he couldn’t save his neighbor’s life no matter how hard he tried. “I feel like maybe I could have done something different which I know I couldn't but still yet it's something that's going to bother me for awhile now.”
This is still an active investigation and so the Union County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information at all to call their Crime Stoppers number: (704) 283-5600