Family members of the deceased and neighbors in the Center Point Community told WSOC television reporters it sounded like fireworks going off inside the Twisted Rooster last Saturday night when Jefferson Rex Rivers, and four others were shot. According to their reports, the suspects had been instigating fights earlier in the evening and were removed from the building. They left and later returned with guns, said the victim’s family.
Sgt. Daniel C. Scott, criminal investigator and public information officer for the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, did not confirm that story. “It is an ongoing investigation,” he said.
“At this time,” Scott said Monday, “we are detaining two suspects for questioning. But they have not yet been charged.”
Rivers, who had just become a co-owner of the establishment a few weeks ago, “was shot in the stomach and the back of the leg,” Scott said. “He died in surgery at Carolina Pines Hospital in Hartsville.”
“I do not know the present condition of the other victims,” Scott said Monday. “But one was shot in the arm, one in the back, and two in the head.” Scott did not release the names of those victims.
The two suspects in custody were apprehended with the help of the Anson County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina.
Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen said his deputies were notified of the shooting by the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, with a description of a suspect vehicle that could be headed their way.
When Wadesboro police officers spotted the vehicle a chase ensued. According to incident reports from the Anson County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle turned off U.S. 74 in Polkton and was stopped.
Four men in the vehicle jumped out and ran. Two of them were apprehended. One was in possession of a .40-caliber handgun at the time, lawmen said.
A third suspect was arrested mid-morning Sunday by Anson County Sheriff’s Deputies, and the fourth individual was arrested in Union County Sunday night and remains in the Union County Jail, Allen said.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at email@example.com.