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Murder suspect wanted after Gaffney shooting

Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 6:56 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 15, 2022 at 8:41 PM EDT
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GAFFNEY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Gaffney Police Department announced that officers are investigating a deadly shooting at the Limestone Court Apartments on N Limestone Street.

Officers said they responded to the scene after the 911 call was made at 5:02 p.m. on Tuesday. When officers arrived, they found a man who’d been shot at least once. Sadly, he passed away at the scene. Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler identified the victim as 34-year-old Quentin Eugene McDowell from Gaffney.

Quentin McDowell
Quentin McDowell(Provided by family)

Fowler released the following statement regarding the shooting.

“McDowell was shot during an incident inside Apartment E about 4:45 p.m. A call to Cherokee County 9-1-1 from a person at the residence indicated a subject at the location was not breathing. When Gaffney police arrived on the scene moments later, McDowell was found shot lying in the living room floor. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Circumstances leading up to the shooting remain under investigation by my office and police investigators,”

Police charged 21-year-old Rayjohn Watts with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, although they said he is still at large.

They also arrested 20-year-old Deona Nazshelik, who is charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

Deona Nazshelik
Deona Nazshelik(Cherokee County Detention Center)

Anyone with information about the situation is asked to call Gaffney Police at 864-761-6041 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-888-CRIME-SC.