1 shot, killed in Bennettsville apartment complex parking lot; 1 in custody

Published: Nov. 14, 2023 at 10:07 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2023 at 5:12 PM EST
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BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (WMBF) - The Bennettsville Police Department is investigating after one person was shot Tuesday morning.

Police were called out around 8 a.m. to the Marlboro Court Apartments on Oakwood Drive.

Lt. Shawn Lucas said the victim was shot in the complex’s parking lot.

Marlboro County Coroner Tim Brown confirmed the person died. He identified the victim as 32-year-old Tonny Swinnie. The coroner said he died from a gunshot wound but he has ordered an autopsy to be done at MUSC on Thursday.

According to Lucas, a suspect was taken into custody, but that person’s name and charges haven’t been released yet.

The suspect and Swinnie knew each other, Lucas said. It is unclear what led up to the shooting.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was called in to help.