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Victims of Newberry shootings identified

Four teens killed Sunday in two shooting incidents in same Newberry community

NEWBERRY, S.C. — The Newberry County Coroner's Office along with the Newberry Police Department have identified the four teenagers shot and killed in two separate incidents Sunday, May 22, 2022.

Coroner Laura Kneece identified the dead as Mykain Davis, 16; Jahquindin Toland, 18; Jhisere Robinson, 15; and Sonterrious Davis, 19.

All of the teens lived in the Newberry area. 

The first victim, Mykain Davis, was shot around midnight Sunday on Wise Street in Newberry. Then hours later, Toland, Robinson, and Sonterrious Davis were shot in the same neighborhood on nearby Eleanor Street.

"I'm in disbelief and I’m hurt to the core," said Newberry Police Chief Kevin Goodman. "We're losing our young people at an alarming rate at something’s gotta change." 

Chief Goodman did not say if the shootings were connected, but he said the four victims new each other.  

“In my understanding, (they) were in the same circle,” said Goodman. 

According to Goodman, no arrests have been made and no suspects or motives have ben identified. 

"These are not just Newberry kids, these are my kids, you know?," said Goodman. "Kids I spend time with, so it's hard."

Newberry City Councilman Carlton Kinard said the addressing gun violence in the community is the city's top priority. 

"We've done some tangible things in the community with local neighborhoods in the area, but something needs to be done in this community," said Kinard.

"10 years ago I wouldn't have ever thought nothing like this would ever happened," said one community member who wanted to remain anonymous. "I hope it gets better."

Because of the shootings, Newberry High School returned to an e-learning schedule on Monday, May 23.

RELATED: Newberry High School taking precautions going to e-learning Monday after neighborhood shootings

The incident remains under investigation and law enforcement is asking anyone with information about the incidents to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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