Police: Man wanted in Goose Creek triple shooting captured in Maryland
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- Maryland State Police arrested the man wanted for killing his estranged wife and wounding two teen girls.
According to local officials, Darryl Flowers was arrested Thursday morning near Baltimore. The arrest came after a traffic stop and brief chase.
Officers said Flowers was heading back to New York, where he was from.
When Flowers finally stopped, officers said he had several self-inflicted knife wounds. The injuries were described as non-life-threatening, but he is currently getting medical treatment in Baltimore.
He has not been booked into a detention center in Maryland yet, and there is no timeline for him to be moved to a jail or extradited back to the Lowcountry, officials said.
The Berkeley County Coroner identified the deceased victim as 36-year-old Tammy Flowers.
Tammy Flowers was in the process of adopting the two teen girls at the time of the attack. According to police, the girls' mother died and Tammy Flowers had taken them in.
Currently, the 15-year-old girl is in very good condition. The 13-year-old girl is in "very critical" condition, police said.
Police said the family had been living at the home for the last five years, and there had never been a record of domestic problems at the home.
However, at the time of the shooting Tammy and Darryl Flowers were estranged; Darryl Flowers was not living at the home.
Right now, police do not have a motive in the shooting.
Police said on Wednesday that Darryl Flowers went to a friend's home and then stole the friend's car.
On Thursday, they provided more details in that part of the story. According to police, Darryl Flowers told his friend that his car had broken down and asked for a ride to another friend's home in Lincolnville.
When they got to Lincolnville, police said Darryl Flowers stole his friend's SUV and left the state.
Police said it appears as though the friend had no knowledge of what had transpired before running into Darryl Flowers.
Neighbor: 'It was just an awful scene'
Where Tammy Flowers lived with her two soon-to-be-adopted girls, neighbors describe it as a quiet cul-de-sac where they all look out for each other.
Hamid Crawford was outside in his yard when Tammy Flowers pulled into her driveway for what would be the last time.
"It was Mrs. Flowers that was coming home from work; Mr. Flowers was already at the house. And as soon as she approached the door, apparently she saw something that startled her and she was trying to run out and he grabbed her," he said.
Crawford said he knew things were not good between the Flowers.
"That's when I proceeded over there to try and break up a fight, but the door slammed," he said.
Crawford says he tried to push on the door, but the door wouldn't budge, so he walked away.
"Then I heard screaming, so I went back over there again and as I opened the door, he pulled the gun up and cocked the gun and I couldn't do nothing at that point but run," Crawford said..
Crawford says he feared for his own life and ran back to his house to call 911.
"The shots was in the house and it echoed as he was shooting. I mean I know I heard at least 6, 7 shots. That was all I could hear," he said.
Crawford says after the shots were fired, Daryl Flowers left the house.
"When he came out the house, he still had the gun in his hand and he just looked across the street," Crawford said. "So that's when I told my wife and my granddaughter, I got them in the house. Because I didn't know what he was going to do."
Crawford says Flowers just looked at him and left. Crawford then turned his attention to the house.
"Everybody started running to the house, neighbors running to the house trying to stop the bleeding on the little girl, putting direct pressure on her so she don't lose that much blood," he said. "It just, it was a scene. It was an awful scene."?