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Midlands man charged with murder after shooting 22-year-old, sheriff’s office says

One person was killed in an early-morning shooting in the Midlands Tuesday after an ongoing dispute between two men, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shots fired call at about 1 a.m., outside of a business on U.S. 76, Chief Deputy Todd Johnson said in a news release. It was identified as Valmont Industries, which is just outside of the city of Newberry.

An unresponsive man was found there by deputies, and died at the scene, according to the news release.

The man was identified as Javoka Jekel Toland, according to Newberry County Coroner Laura Kneece. An autopsy on the 22-year-old is scheduled on Wednesday, according to the coroner’s office.

A suspect, identified as Shunolon McKenize Renwick, and his attorney went to the sheriff’s office where he was initially questioned as a person of interest, according to a news release.

The 23-year-old Whitmire resident was arrested and taken to the Newberry County Detention Center on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime, the sheriff’s office said.

The shooting in the parking lot of the business was the result of a dispute between Toland and Renwick, according to the release.

“This is such a waste and unnecessary,” Sheriff Lee Foster said in the news release. “We are living in a time where people find it easier to take one’s life rather than seeking other ways of settling arguments”.

The sheriff’s office said it was not an active shooter situation, and there was no ongoing threat to the community, calling the shooting an isolated incident.


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