Irmo shooting suspect arrested, another sought

January 11, 2013 

Kenneth Daniel Toland


— A 23-year-old Columbia man was charged with attempted murder in the Thursday evening shooting at an Irmo motel that left two men wounded. A second suspect is also being sought, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said.

Kenneth Daniel Toland of Zimalcrest Drive was taken into custody by Richland County authorities during a traffic stop on Friday.

According to authorities, Toland and another man went to the Country Inn & Suites on Piney Grove Road to meet three other Columbia men Thursday night. During the meeting in the motel parking lot, a fight broke out and two men, identified by the sheriff’s department as Denzell LaBrew, 18 and Hakiim Rasheed Pope, Jr., 24, were shot. LaBrew remained hoispitalized Friday.

Witnesses gave investigators a description of Toland’s car as well as the license plate number.

An investigation into the shooting continues, Sheriff James Metts said to determine the purpose of the meeting and cause of the fight.

Metts asked anyone with information about the shooting incident or the identity of the additional person or additional persons who were involved in the incident to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

-- Rachael Myers Lowe

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