Multiple victims in two shootings in Winnsboro

WINNSBORO – Two men were arrested following two separate shooting incidents in Winnsboro Saturday night that left one man dead and two others injured. Two suspects are still being sought by the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department. The shootings were not drive-by shootings as initially reported in The Voice.

The first shooting occurred shortly after 8 p. m, Saturday evening. The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department was responding to a disturbance on Birch Street that involved several individuals when they learned shots had been fired at the scene, according to an incident report.


Upon arrival, deputies found two men with gunshot wounds. One victim died after being shot in the chest, according to reports. The deceased victim’s name has not yet been released by the coroner’s office.

The other victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. His condition is not known at this time, but it is not believed to be life threatening, according to officials.

The Sheriff’s Department is looking for two suspects in that shooting – Neil Thomas Smith, Jr., 26, and Rondell Timothy Trapp, 35. Trapp was acquitted last November of murdering R. J. Gadsen in October 2015.

Another suspect, Joseph James Turner, 23, was arrested following the incident and charged with disturbing the peace. He has been released on bond.

As officers were investigating the Birch Street shooting, another shooting occurred about 9 p.m. a few houses away on the same street.

There, deputies found a 22-year-old man lying on the ground, with a gunshot wound in the upper abdomen, according to reports.

A bystander stated that the person who fired the shots was driving a white crown Victoria with polka dots on the rear of the vehicle, according to the incident report.

Shortly after the shooting occurred, the Winnsboro Department of Public Safety reported its officers had detained a vehicle that matched that description near a residence on Frazier Street in Winnsboro.

An individual at that address, Shawn Alston Broom, 25, was arrested for attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime and taken to the Fairfield County Detention Center, where he remains.

The 22-year-old victim was transported to Prisma Health. His condition is not known at this time.

There is no indication from deputies at this time as to what started either shooting incident.

Multiple victims in two drive-by shootings in Winnsboro

WINNSBORO – Two drive-by shootings were reported on Birch Street in Winnsboro Saturday night around 9 p.m. Two people were reported injured in the first shooting and a third person was injured at the same location in the second shooting while deputies were on site, sources reported to The Voice. 

Deputies have recovered a vehicle believed to be involved in the second shooting.

A victim from the first shooting was reportedly taken to Prisma (Richland Memorial) in Columbia. There is no information about the other two victims.

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for multiple suspects at this time.

The story will be updated when more information is available.

Multiple victims in two drive-by shootings in Winnsboro published April 18, 2020 at 11:02 pm.


  1. Until the punishment is sever enough this type of crime will only get bigger. Cops have been called to this area over and over again, yet no one goes to jail. The cops grew up with these thugs? Don’t know. But the cops are not supported by the town. This paper The Voice is not a good source of info.

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