BLUFFTON, S.C. (WSAV) — Four people are now in custody in connection to the fatal shooting of Bluffton High School student DJ Fields Jr.
Authorities say Fields was killed Friday evening near Bluffton Parkway and Hampton Parkway.
Officers were dispatched to the scene for a single-vehicle accident. Upon arrival, they discovered the vehicle had been involved in a shooting.
Fields died at the scene, and two others were taken to a local hospital for treatment. One was treated and released, the other, a 16-year-old Bluffton basketball player, is now in stable condition.
Bluffton Police Chief Stephenie Price announced in a press conference Tuesday two suspects turned themselves in on charges of murder, two counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
The suspects have been identified as Tyleic Chaneyfield, 18, of Ridgeland, and Hardeeville resident Jimmie Green, 19, of Hardeeville.
Two other suspects, Bluffton resident Jayden Void and Orangeburg resident Shayniah Void, were arrested Saturday for accessory after the fact of murder, which is a felony.
The 18-year-olds are being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on $1 million bonds.
Reporters attempted to ask the chief about additional suspects during the press conference — she did not respond.
Still, Fields’ family urged anyone with information on the teen’s death to come forward.
“He just made his college decision this Thursday,” D’won Fields Sr. said in tears. “We were planning for a graduation on June 18, and now I have to bury my son.”
“So if anybody has any information, please do not hold it,” he continued. “I have not slept since Friday night, so please come forward with your information. That’s all I ask.”
“People know little things. Little things,” said Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka. “And you don’t realize the little thing you know and the little thing that someone else knows and if it gets to our police department or the sheriff’s department or SLED, they put those pieces together.”
“He (D’won Fields Sr.) more than anyone else than I know has given to Bluffton and will continue giving to Bluffton,” explained Ryan Mickelson, a family friend of the Fields. “And in this time we need to turn it around and give to him.”
“They raised an absolutely phenomenal baby boy, and that baby boy needs your help too. That baby boy needs all the information we can get. It can’t ever bring their boy back, but they can for sure seek justice,” Mickelson added.
“Needless to say D’won and Kima will have this pain for a lifetime, and needless to say this community, ‘One Bluffton,’ will have this pain for a lifetime,” said Bluffton Town Councilman Fred Hamilton. “So we are looking for some opportunity to have some peace. There can never be true closure. The peace that we need is that justice is served. And the people that are involved, wrongfully involved in this incident are held accountable.”
“We have to bring this thing to a closure ASAP,” continued Hamilton. “Bluffton needs to heal tomorrow, and the only way to do that is to make those accountable, held accountable.”
“If you are afraid, just call in, say what you need to say, and hang up the phone,” said Fields Sr. “Just call in. Any information, we need it. Any information that brings justice, we need it.”
A memorial fund has been established in Fields’ honor. For more information, visit here.