Winnsboro man shot in Five Points

WINNSBORO – A Winnsboro man was gunned down along with two other innocent bystanders in Five Points Saturday night, following the annual St. Pat’s Day celebration.


Kidron Amaziah Deal, 20, was in a crowd that lingered after the celebration when he was shot in the face. A Hopkins man, Arthur Jones, Jr., 27, is charged with three counts of attempted murder after firing shots into the crowd. According to officials, none of the victims or the shooter knew each other.

Deal, a 2015 graduate of Fairfield Central High School, was a wide receiver for the Griffins football team.

“The kid is the epitome of a student athlete,” said coach Demetrius Davis. “He was a very good football and baseball player. However, he was a better student and an even better young man. His work ethic and smile were so contagious that it rubbed off his classmates and teammates.”

“Kidron is a great young man and we are saddened by this tragic occurrence,” Fairfield Central Superintendent Dr. J. R. Green said. “We will keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.”

According to a victim’s advocate during the bond hearing, Deal remains on a ventilator in critical condition.

Jones, Jr. faces three counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime and remains in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center under a $3 million bond.

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