WINNSBORO —Winnsboro Public Safety is actively looking for two men wanted in connection with the shooting and beating death of a man last week.
Police Chief Freddy Lorick said that he knew the victim — Riley Gadson Jr. — from when he coached basketball when Gadson was in high school.
“He was one of those happy go lucky fellows who was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Lorick said.
The shooting occurred at 317 Crawford Street around 9 p.m. Oct. 8.
Police are still looking for Rondell Timothy “Buddy” Trapp and his brother, Latroy Elmor “Black” Trapp in connection with the incident, which Lorick said stemmed from Gadson being asked to deliver $10 to an acquaintance.
Rondell Trapp’s last known address was listed as 317 Crawford St. in Winnsboro and Latroy Trapp’s last known address was listed as 326 S. Vanderhorst St., Apt. B, in Winnsboro.
Witnesses at the scene said Rondell Trapp shot Gadson in the leg and that Latroy was with him but they did not know his role in the incident.
Lorick said they looked into the possibility there was a scuffle earlier in the day between Gadson and another individual. That person was questioned and released by police.
The chief said speculation is that Gadson did not think he would see Manning and asked another individual to deliver the money.
Manning confronted Gadson and there was an altercation, but each went his separate way. It is believed that Rondell Trapp and Latroy Trapp became involved in the situation.
Witnesses reported the Trapps were both armed.
“We’re told that they had pistols, that they pistol whipped him, and Rondell allegedly shot (Gadson) in the leg,” Lorick said.
Gadson was rushed to the hospital and into surgery, but died during the operation.
Rondell Trapp and Latroy Trapp are both originally from Philadelphia and while police think they might have fled the area, there is still a possibility they are attempting to hide in Winnsboro.
Rondell Trapp is described as a 5-foot-8 black male, weighing 155 pounds and Latroy Trapp is described as a 5-foot-8 black male, weighing 140 pounds.
Anyone with information about either man is asked to call Winnsboro Public Safety at 803-635-4511 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.