Neighbor: 'I seen the hole in his throat'

LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) - The day after a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed in Ladson, neighbors who saw the victim say they fear for their lives and plan to move out of the neighborhood.

Neighbors huddled Tuesday morning in Tyrone Trice's front yard to talk about the trauma of witnessing the shooting death of 15-year old Alonza Williams.

"My wife was at work and she seen it on the news," said Trice. "Before she even got home she was texting me saying, 'We're leaving. We're not staying here.'"

Shortly before 10 p.m. Monday, Berkeley County deputies say Williams was shot several times near the intersection of Temple Road and Lander Street in College Park.

"I was standing right in front of the car and I heard breathing, I just didn't know where it was. Then this guy and another guy ran right past me and said, 'He collapsed between the cars,'" said Trice. "The neighbor and someone else were holding his hand. He was screaming, talking about, 'Don't let me be alone.' Everybody started crying."

Trice is the dad of a 15-year-old son and a set of 13-year old twins. He says he and his family moved to the Lowcountry three months ago to avoid gun violence in Chicago.

Trice says he had no idea he'd witness such tragedy so close to his new home.

"It's hard to talk about it still because I seen the hole in his throat," Trice said. "I ain't never seen nothing. I'm 40-something years old and I ain't never seen that up close like that."

Trice says he and his family will pick up and move for a second time.

"So far, the neighbors I talked to last night, they all planning on moving too, now," he said.

Officials with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday evening they had no information on a suspect. If you have any information on this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.