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Sheriff’s office investigating homicide near Gaston

Gaston, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting that’s being considered a homicide. The incident happened in the 500 block of Blackville Road about 1:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

According to Lexington County Corner Margaret Fisher, Malcolm C. Jones, 27, of Gaston suffered a fatal gunshot wound to his head. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We’re working to determine more about the incident but, based on information we’ve gathered so far, we don’t believe this was a random act,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. Witnesses who live in the area say that EMS and law enforcement quickly arrived on the scene after the shooting. They described a number of deputies arriving, followed by a crime scene unit and Major Crime's investigators that stayed most of the rest of the morning. “Detectives are still working to develop leads in the case,” Koon said. “We’re asking anyone with information related to the case to share those tips with us by calling Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.”

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