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UPDATE: Arrest made, two dead identified after shooting at bar in Chapin

2 killed in shooting at bar near Lake Murray

Lexington County deputies are investigating a fatal shooting at the Frayed Knot in Chapin.
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Lexington County deputies are investigating a fatal shooting at the Frayed Knot in Chapin.

Two people are dead after a shooting in Chapin early Sunday morning.

The incident happened at the Frayed Knot Bar & Grill, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said.

Charles Judge Jr., 40, and 29-year-old Jonathan Prins were the men shot to death after being identified by Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher.

A Little Mountain man was arrested according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

Joseph Mills, 25, is charged with two counts of murder for fatally shooting two men with a handgun, according to arrest warrants.

“The suspect was arrested without incident at a Chapin residence Sunday afternoon,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said.

Capt. Adam Myrick, spokesman for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, said the shooting happened around midnight in the 1700 block of Dreher Island Road near the Newberry County line.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital, Myrick said.

“Mills is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center while he awaits a bond hearing,” Koon said. “We’re still interviewing persons of interest and reviewing evidence.”

Myrick said the shooting took place inside the bar or somewhere outside.

The Frayed Knot was closed Sunday, according to a post on the bar’s Facebook page.

Chris Dameron, 40, said he has lived near the Frayed Knot for about a year and a half. He said he visits it about once a month, and that it’s usually a pretty peaceful place. “I love the bar over there,” Dameron said. “It has been nothing but great.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Staff writer Noah Feit contributed to this report.

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