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Assault at Lake City Bar, man charged with murder

47-year-old man dead after assault at Lake City bar

James Welch James Welch
The Office bar in Lake City The Office bar in Lake City

LAKE CITY, SC (WMBF) - A 47-year-old man is dead after an assault at the Office, a night club in Lake City,occurred around 1:25 a.m. Wednesday morning. The fight was between the victim, James Welch and the man charged with his murder, 29-year-old, Tommy McGee.

Lake City Police report McGee got angry during a game of pool and accused Welch of owing his father money. McGee then knocked Welch to the ground, and when officers arrived they saw Welch on the floor bleeding profusely from his nose. His face started to turn purple before Florence County EMS got there and he appeared to have quit breathing. Welch died at a local hospital shortly after, and the police report says he died of complications during the assault.

Tony Lynch, owns the Lake City Adult Day Care business near the Office and comes to the bar frequently, and had just seen Welch this past weekend. He said, “He’s going to be really missed here, he was a hard worker and it’s just hard to believe this happened especially here at the Office,"

Lynch was surprised it happened at the Office because he said it is a local bar where people just like to come to hang out and play pool. He had never seen anyone get out of hand here.

Lynch said everybody around there loved Jimmy. “He had everybody rolling in there just laughing, the things he says and had done… he’s just one of these comical guys that you just enjoy being around, he’s that type of person. It’s just sad, he will be missed, really, really missed in there,” said Lynch.

The Office opened at 4 p.m. Wednesday for its regular hours.

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