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Two suffer gunshot wounds after ‘potential drug deal gone bad’Free Access

Two men were airlifted Tuesday morning with gunshot wounds following what the sheriff is calling a drug deal gone bad. 

Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting with injuries at 11:38 a.m. on Highway 5 at Stetson Lane in Blacksburg. 

Two male victims, a 17 and a 25 year old, were found with gunshot wounds outside of a 1997 Chevrolet that was stopped near Stetson Lane. 

The victims were airlifted to area hospitals where one remains in critical condition and the other in serious condition. 

According to Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller, the shooter(s) are believed to be two white males based off information from one of the victims. There is no threat to the community, he said. 

“Investigators believe this was a potential drug deal gone bad resulting in the shooting,” Mueller said. “Investigators are working tirelessly to develop a person(s) of interest.”

Numerous search warrants have been executed to recover digital evidence. 

Investigators are still working to pinpoint the exact location of the shooting but it is believed to be within a 1-mile radius of where the victims and vehicle were found on SC Highway 5 near Stetson Lane. 

This investigation remains very active and additional information will be released at a later time as the investigation continues. 

“At this time it is paramount that anyone with information about the shooting to contact law enforcement to aid in the apprehension of those involved,” Mueller said. 

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the shooting to please contact Lieutenant Jordan Cutchin with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-489-4722 Ext. # 109. Anyone with information can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-274-6372 or 1-888-CRIMESC.

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