NEWBERRY COUNTY, S.C. - Police believe that four teenagers wanted in connection with a murder in Tennessee are in a wooded area off of a highway in South Carolina, reports CBS affiliate WIS. According to authorities, the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.
Sheriff Lee Foster told the station that they are searching for three white males and one female - all in their teens. The suspects were allegedly involved in a murder that occurred in Greeneville, Tenn. on Wednesday. Further details about the crime were not immediately made available.
The Newberry County Sheriff's Department says they are in a wooded area off of Highway 176 and state Highway 34 in Newberry, S.C. following a chase with police.
Foster told the station that all three males are dressed in dark pants - one with no shirt, one with a white T-shirt and one with an orange T-shirt. The female suspect is wearing dark pants and a white shirt. Bloodhounds, helicopters, and SWAT members are reportedly being used in the search for the group.
According to authorities, a South Carolina Highway Patrol officer spotted the suspects' car at a rest area along Interstate 26. A chase ensued, then the four teens allegedly bailed out of the car and fled into the woods. WIS reports that investigators located several rifles and shotguns in the vehicle.
Foster is urging residents in the area to stay indoors, according to the station. Schools in the area will be in "alert mode," which deputies say means the "instruction and learning process will continue while outside activities are avoided."