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OCSO Seeks the Public’s Help in Locating Suspects in Recent Ora Road Shooting

Gavin Lamar Tukes

Sayphonh Miranda Aquilla Xayachack

(Walhalla, SC)--------------------------------------The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help today in locating two suspects, with outstanding arrest warrants, who have been charged in a shooting incident last Tuesday evening on Ora Road.

18 year old Gavin Lamar Tukes of N. Spring Street in Westminster and 25 year old Sayphonh Miranda Aquilla Xayachack of Greenfield Road in Westminster have been charged with one count each of Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon during Commission of a Violent Crime. Tukes has been charged additionally with one count each of First Degree Burglary and Petit Larceny. Xayachack has been charged additionally with one count of Armed Robbery while armed with a Deadly Weapon.

An investigation began late last Tuesday evening after deputies responded to an address on Ora Road near Longcreek Highway in regards to reports of a subject who had sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. The victim was airlifted to the hospital for treatment of his injury. Due to safety and health privacy reasons, the victim’s name and condition will not be released by the Sheriff’s Office.

According to evidence obtained by an investigator from the Criminal Investigations Division, Tukes is charged of entering the victim’s home without consent and with the intent to commit a crime while possessing a firearm. Tukes is also charged with shooting the victim with the firearm and then taking $1,800 in cash.

The Sheriff’s Office charges against Xayachack were obtained due to Xayachack acting in concert with Tukes in regards to the crime committed.

According to investigators, the two subjects were last seen in a silver 2008 Ford Fusion with a South Carolina tag of UJG764.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of 18 year old Gavin Lamar Tukes or 25 year old Sayphonh Miranda Aquilla Xayachack is asked to call the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or they can leave a tip online at

You don’t have to give your name when you contact Crimestoppers and all information provided is confidential. If you tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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