Police: 2nd murder suspect in nightclub shooting charged


    JaJuan Cooke (Provided/Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office)

    Authorities say a second gunman has been arrested in connection with the March 2 nightclub shooting that left one dead in Orangeburg.

    “We have developed information that indicated there were two gunman firing at the nightclub that night,” said Sheriff Leroy Ravenell. “This second arrest is a result of the ongoing investigation.”

    Jajuan Cooke, 25, has been charged with murder after being taken into custody on Thursday morning.

    Cook is expected to make his first court appearance on Friday when he will be formally charged and presented his rights.

    Ravenell said Cooke was taken into custody off Kennerly Road near the Orangeburg and Calhoun County line by a task force of US Marshals and the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.

    Kendalon Curry, 25, was apprehended on Tuesday and also charged with the shooting death of a 35-year-old man at a Cordova area nightclub.

    Investigators have determined that both Cooke and Curry fired multiple rounds at a Carver Edisto School Road nightclub after a dispute.

    Witnesses said they saw a vehicle pull up to the club around 4:20 a.m. on March 2. They said at least two men exited the vehicle before they began firing in the direction of the club.

    When the firing stopped, the victim was discovered to have suffered a fatal upper body wound.


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