Easley Student, Mom Killed in Double Murder, Suicide
Bodies of Sandra Smith and her son Daniel Smith found in Easley home Thursday night. Suspected shooter found outside home with self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Deputies responding to a 911 call Thursday night found three bodies at an Easley home.
Sandy Smith, 42, Daniel Gabriel Smith, 15, and William D. Thomas, 61, were found dead Thursday, according to Assistant Sheriff Tim Morgan.
The 911 call was received at 10:30 p.m., Morgan said.
A male caller stated that he had been shot and officers responded to 2423 Saluda Dam Road.
Officers were on the scene within six minutes, Morgan said.
Upon arrival, they found an adult female, Sandy Lee Smith with a gunshot wound to her upper torso.
Deputies checked Smith for signs of life and continued clearing the residence for other victims or a suspect.
They found Daniel Gabriel Smith in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the chin area.
While continuing to search the home, officers heard a gunshot outside the residences.
They found William D. Thomas near some outbuildings about 75 yards from the home.
Thomas had a gunshot wound to the head.
Thomas was Daniel Smith's step-father and was married to Sandy Smith.
He is suspected of killing his wife and stepson.
Daniel Smith was an Easley High School student and was a member of the wrestling team, and the JV Football team.
Daniel Smith had competed in Thursday's game against Seneca High School.
“Please remember the EHS family as we deal with the tragic death of one of our student athletes," Principal Tim Mullis said."The loss of life is always tough, but it is extremely difficult when it involves a young person. Daniel will be missed in the classroom and on the playing fields.”
Autopsies are being conducted this morning. The Pickens County Sheriff's Office is still investigating.