FAIRFIELD — A man arrested Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with a May 1 shooting in Fairfield is also a suspect in a deadly shooting days earlier in South Carolina, police announced Saturday.
Authorities in South Carolina believe that Terry McClure, 26, who according to state parole records is a Vacaville resident, is one of two men responsible for a shooting April 26 near Pelion, a small town in Lexington County, S.C., that left one man dead and another man injured, Capt. Joe Allio of the Fairfield Police Department said.
McClure was arrested Thursday on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder and various alleged weapons-related violations for his suspected role in the May 1 shooting on Willow Lane near Laurel Creek Park. He was being held in lieu of $5 million bail.
That shooting sent young T-ball and baseball players at the nearby park scurrying for safety in the dugouts. It also left two people seriously injured – a 27-year-old Fairfield resident who was shot in the hip and in the hand, and a 29-year-old Fairfield resident who was shot in the torso. Both survived the shooting.
McClure is one of two suspects who were wanted on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in the South Carolina shooting. The second suspect in the South Carolina shooting was identified with the help of Fairfield detectives as Justin Butler, 22, police said.
The victims in the South Carolina shooting are brothers, identified by Lexington County, S.C., authorities as Tycus M. Toland, 29, of North, S.C., who died, and Vonkeith Toland, 33, of Pelion, S.C. Both communities have fewer than 1,000 residents and are located south of Columbia, S.C.
Lexington County authorities said in a press update on that case that Vonkeith Tolland told them that he and his brother were meeting with two men to complete a vehicle purchase based on an Internet advertisement on craigslist.com. The brothers were shot instead. The motive in that shooting remained under investigation.
Butler is known to local police based on what Allio described as Butler’s extensive local criminal history. Butler was arrested Friday in Alabama by Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives, Allio said. Butler’s arrest led to arrest warrants issued Saturday out of South Carolina for McClure on suspicion of murder and various other felony allegations, Allio said.
The warrants were served on McClure at the Solano County jail, where he remains in custody.
Fairfield police also arrested a second suspect Friday in connection with the May 1 shooting. Deonta King, 26, of Dixon, was caught in Suisun City and booked on suspicion of one count of attempted murder and a number of suspected weapons-related offenses. His bail was also set at
Allio described a fast-moving series of events, based on thin evidence, that ultimately linked McClure and Butler to the fatal South Carolina shooting.
The investigation started with a 911 call from the surviving shooting victim, shortly after his brother was shot in the head and killed, Allio said. The caller had been shot multiple times in the chest, but survived.
Authorities in South Carolina had little to work with, Allio said: just a nickname of one of the shooters and a possible connection to Fairfield. Local authorities joined the investigation. The nickname led to authorities to Butler, Allio said, based in part on Butler’s local criminal history.
A description of the second shooting suspect led authorities to consider McClure in the South Carolina shooting. A photo of McClure was sent to detectives in South Carolina, and McClure was identified as the second suspect, Allio said.
No suspected motive has been released for the May 1 shooting. Police continue their investigation into the local shooting. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit in Fairfield at 428-7600, the 24-hour tip line at 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at 644-7867. Callers may remain anonymous.
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