A man has been detained by South Carolina police in connection with the discovery of six bodies following a house fire.
The names of two of the deceased have been confirmed by Colleton County officials, and 33-year-old Ryan Lenard Manigo is being held without bond.
Further charges are pending the results of the post-mortem, but the suspect has already been charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
A 13-year-old victim who was discovered alive is receiving medical care.
The sole survivor of the incident on Sunday was flown in critical condition to a hospital about 40 miles (65 km) west of Charleston.
The survivor was able to identify the suspect, who was later detained nearby, by name and description before being taken to the hospital, according to police.
Around 11:00 local time, police were called to the Green Pond neighborhood after a neighbor saw a house on fire.
Mr. Manigo is charged with attempted murder in addition to murder and arson.
No explanation for the attack has been made public.
Sheriff Buddy Hill stated at a press conference on Monday that the State Law Enforcement Division had received the evidence for analysis.
We do not currently have a motive. This is a very active investigation, and we will update the family and the media as new information becomes available. ".
Police revealed on Monday that the suspect was the brother-in-law of 50-year-old Michelle Marie Wright and the father of 11-year-old Shariah Manigo.
The sheriff stated that the identities of the other four victims would be revealed following post-mortem investigations.
NBC News quoted David Magwood as saying that several of the victims are relatives. He claimed that one of those killed was his 101-year-old mother.
At the preliminary hearing on Monday, family members of the victims were permitted to address the suspect. The investigation is ongoing, and there has not yet been a plea.