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Officials release new details after 4 teens killed in Newberry County

Police chief says he is in disbelief
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 1:23 PM EDT|Updated: May. 23, 2022 at 5:28 PM EDT
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NEWBERRY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Multiple law enforcement agencies are working to piece together what led up the deadly shootings claiming the lives of four teenagers in Newberry County over the weekend.

Saturday night, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office said 16-year-old Mykain Davis was killed in a shooting on Wise Street around 9 p.m.

On Sunday afternoon around 2:50 p.m., law enforcement responded to a second shooting on Eleanor Street, which is only a few blocks away from the first shooting. Three teenagers were killed.

The victims in the second shooting are 15-year-old Jhisere Robinson, 18-year-old Jahquindon Toland and 19-year-old Sonterrious Davis.

Jahquindon’s cousin says all the families are just looking for answers.

“Everybody’s looking for answers but there are none. You know these young men, you’ve seen them together, seen them grow up playing football and basketball and baseball together and to have four young men gone within a 24-hour span is just nothing that has ever been seen in our county,” said Adam Toland.

“I just want to know how they get guns, who gives ‘em to them, where do you get them from? That’s what I want some young person to tell me,” Rev. Jacqueline Sims said. “How do you get a gun at that age?”

The shootings were reported by neighbors who heard the gunfire.

Investigators said Monday they'd be providing an update on this weekend's shootings that left...
Investigators said Monday they'd be providing an update on this weekend's shootings that left four teenagers dead in Newberry County.(WIS News 10)

The Newberry Police Department is the lead agency in the investigation.

Police Chief Kevin Goodman said they are investigating if there is a connection between the deadly shootings. The teens were all acquaintances and ran in the same social circles, Goodman said. They all lived in the Newberry area.

Autopsies for the victims are scheduled for this week.

Goodman said his years of law enforcement experience, he has never dealt with a situation of this magnitude.

Officials in the city and county of Newberry gave an update after weekend shootings claimed the lives of four teenagers.

“I’m in disbelief and hurt to the core,” Chief Goodman said during a press conference on Monday afternoon. He was visibly emotional while asking young people in the community to turn away from gun violence, calling the victims, “my kids.”

“We need to just love on our kids,” Goodman said.

Newberry Mayor Foster Senn said the city is “greatly saddened” to have lost “four children of God to gun violence.”

Goodman said investigators are looking into where teenagers are getting guns used in shootings like these.

Newberry High School was placed on e-learning for Monday due to the shootings.

Extra law enforcement was stationed around area schools as a precaution, according to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, although no threat was made toward any schools.

The Newberry County Schools said the victims were all current or former students.

“I want to express my personal condolences to the families of the victims during this very difficult time. The Newberry community has been deeply impacted by this weekend’s events, which has led to the loss of four young lives. No parent, friend, teacher is ever prepared to face a tragedy like this. I want to thank the local law enforcement agencies for their work and support and we will continue to work with them to make certain our schools are safe and secure. We have made the decision to have students return to Newberry High School tomorrow to provide them with the support from their school and district family.”

Superintendent Alvin Pressley

“Everyone is heartbroken. We’re definitely struggling with this. It’s just unbelievable. It doesn’t seem real,” said Kely Koon the aunt of Mykain Davis.

Newberry High School will operate on a normal schedule Tuesday.

No suspects have been identified yet in the shootings.