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Murder suspect makes initial appearance

By Paul Keane

Bond was set at $1 million cash for a suspect arrested Monday in a Sunday morning shooting incident that left one made dead and four other wounded.

Municipal Court Judge Charles Chapman set the bond on the murder charge for Keashawn Demonte Turner, 23, during an initial court appearance on Wednesday. Chapman also set a $50,000 bond on a charge of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Turner requested that a court-appointed attorney be provided for him.

Also arraigned was 24-year-old Rashado Q. Gaines, who was said to be at the scene early Sunday morning. His bond on a charge of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon was set at $50,000.

At 5:45 p.m. Monday, Turner, 23 was taken into custody and charged with murder. Waynesboro Police Chief Oscar Lewis said additional charges are expected to be added. Police apprehended another suspect in the case, but the name was not being released.

The shooting occurred around 1 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of a nightclub off Central Avenue. Killed in the incident was 23-year-old Shaurice Cunningham. Four other people were injured, with three suffering non-life threatening injuries and the other being taken to Wayne General Hospital before being transported to a Jackson hospital.

According to WPD Chief Oscar Lewis, an argument took place inside the club before the eventual victims began to leave the establishment. Lewis said the shooting occurred in the parking lot of the club.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Wayne County Crime Stoppers at 601-735-5323 or the Waynesboro Police Department at 601-735-3192. People calling Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous if they wish.
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