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Deputies identify person of interest in Sunday shooting death of Gaffney man

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Ricky Eugene Garrison identified as person of interest in fatal Gaffney shooting (Source:CCSO) Ricky Eugene Garrison identified as person of interest in fatal Gaffney shooting (Source:CCSO)
Scene of Gaffney shooting (FOX Carolina/ 2/11/18) Scene of Gaffney shooting (FOX Carolina/ 2/11/18)
Scene of Gaffney shooting (FOX Carolina/ 2/11/18) Scene of Gaffney shooting (FOX Carolina/ 2/11/18)
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said he's investigating the fatal shooting of a Gaffney man Sunday afternoon.

The victim was identified as 33-year-old Sherman O. Tate.

Fowler said dispatchers received a call about a fight in progress and possible shots fired on 3rd Avenue in Gaffney, between 4th and 5th streets, just before 2 p.m.

"That point of time, we found some blood out in the roadway and we were able to locate a witness," explained Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller.

When deputies arrived on scene, Fowler said witnesses reported a large gathering of at least 30 people who were observing several females fighting and several males fighting in the street. Witnesses said one of the males involved in the fight pulled out a handgun and fired several rounds, causing the crowd to start running from the area.

Deputies were on scene when they learned a shooting victim was taken by private vehicle to Gaffney Medical Center, where he was treated. Deputies located the victim at the hospital, however he died before he could be airlifted to Spartanburg Regional.

Fowler said Tate later died in the emergency department at 4:05 p.m. He had sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the abdomen.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.

Deputies said the victim had been dropped off at the hospital by two men in a black SUV. Investigators with the Sheriff's Office shared a photo of a person of interest they would like to speak with in regards to the shooting.

Deputies are searching for 28-year-old Ricky Eugene Garrison of Blacksburg. He is 6'2" tall and weighs 195 lbs.

The investigation is ongoing and active. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC or Investigator April Haney at (864) 619-2002.

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