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Colleton County shooting leaves 3 dead, including teenage boy; 9-year-old girl wounded

Two adults and a teenage boy are dead, and a 9-year-old girl is wounded after a shooting at a home in the small Colleton County town of Ruffin Tuesday. (WCIV)

Four people have been shot and three are dead after a shooting Tuesday in the tiny Colleton County town of Ruffin.

Two adults and a 13-year-old boy were killed, and a 9-year-old girl was wounded, according to the Colleton County Sheriff's Office.

They have been identified as 46-year-old Phillip Miller, 52-year-old Lori Miller, and their 13-year-old son, Vincent Miller. Officials say the 9-year-old girl was a granddaughter of the deceased adults.

Colleton County Sheriff's Lt. Tyger Benton said deputies found the two adults dead inside, and the teen dead in the front yard of the home on U.S. Highway 21.

The shooting is being investigated as a murder.

Colleton County Fire-Rescue officials said earlier Tuesday the 9-year-old girl suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the leg, and was flown to the Medical University of South Carolina for treatment.

As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff's office said the girl had gone into surgery for treatment of her injuries, and was believed to be in stable condition. Officials said Wednesday the girl is expected to survive.

According to the sheriff's office, a search of the home uncovered possible narcotics. Lt. Benton says more marijuana than needed for personal use was found in the home, but deputies don't know if the drugs are connected to the killings.

Colleton County Sheriff Andy Strickland said during a press conference Tuesday that his deputies and detectives are searching for possible suspects, and have received leads in their investigation.

Sheriff Strickland says investigators have not ruled out the possibility the shooting was related to a domestic disturbance.

Crime scene investigators with the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division are helping the Colleton County Sheriff's Office process the crime scene.

Investigators don't have a motive or suspects for the killings at this time.

(The Associated Press contributed information to this report.)

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