NEWBERRY COUNTY, S.C. — A 22-year-old man is dead and a 23-year-old man has been arrested after a fatal shooting outside a Newberry County plant Tuesday, according to the Newberry County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies say they responded to the scene at Valmont Industries, on Highway 76, around 1 a.m on Tuesday, October 12.
When deputies arrived, they say they found 22-year-old Javoka Jekel Toland lying in the parking lot. The Newberry County Coroner’s Office was called, and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says investigators were able to develop a suspect in the shooting. During the search for the suspect, the suspect and his attorney came to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office.
Shunolon McKenize Renwick, of Whitmire, is charged with murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.
Deputies say the murder occurred as a result of ongoing dispute between the two men.
“This is such a waste and unnecessary,” says Sheriff Foster. “We are living in a time where people find it easier to take one’s life rather than seeking other ways of settling arguments.”
Deputies say this was not a case of an active workplace shooting, but a dispute that ended tragically in the parking lot.
Renwick is in custody at the Newberry County Detention Center. Officials say an initial appearance will occur Wednesday in Magistrates Court, and the bond hearing will be held at a later time as the charge of murder must have bond set by the Circuit Court.