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Monday, January 14, 2013

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives on Friday, January 11 arrested a 23-year-old Columbia man in connection with a shooting incident that occurred at about 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, January 10 in the parking lot of a motel on Piney Grove Road near Irmo. Two men were shot and wounded in their upper torsos during the incident.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives arrested Kenneth Daniel Toland, 23, of 716 Zimalcrest Drive, Unit 908, Columbia, on an arrest warrant on a charge of attempted murder. Toland was being held on Friday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

An arrest warrant alleges that at about 7:10 p.m. on Thursday Toland and at least one additional man drove to the parking lot of the Country Town Suites at 414 Piney Grove Road in order to meet with three males, Metts said. During the meeting with the three males, an altercation occurred, and two of the three males were shot and wounded. Detectives have not yet identified the person or persons who accompanied Toland to the meeting at the motel parking lot.

The circumstances of the shooting and the motive for the shooting remain under investigation, Metts said.

Denzell Labrew, 18, of Columbia, and Hakiim Rasheed Pope, Jr., 24, of Columbia, were shot and wounded during the incident, Metts said. Lexington County Emergency Medical Services personnel transported Labrew and Pope to a hospital, where Labrew and Pope underwent medical treatment.

Pope was treated at the hospital and released on Thursday night, Metts said. Labrew was continuing to undergo medical treatment at the hospital on Friday for injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening.

The arrest warrant further alleges that witnesses provided deputies with a description of a silver 1992 Buick Regal sedan that Toland drove away in following the shooting incident as well as the vehicle’s license plate number, Metts said. Detectives later determined that the Buick Regal sedan is registered to Toland’s girlfriend.

Detectives asked telecommunications operators at the Lexington County Communications Center to transmit a Be on the Lookout bulletin via a law enforcement radio system for the Buick Regal sedan that Toland was driving, Metts said. Richland County Sheriff’s Department deputies later encountered the vehicle, conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and detained Toland, who was turned over to Lexington County sheriff’s detectives.

Metts asked anyone with information about the shooting incident or the identity of the additional person or additional persons who were involved in the incident to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).

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