1 charged with murder after man shot while sitting in car in Gaffney

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GAFFNEY, SC (WSPA) – One person has been charged after a man died in a shooting Monday night. The man was shot in the head while sitting in a car in Gaffney.

According to Gaffney Police, the shooting happened just before 8:00pm near the corner of Greenway Drive and Woodlawn Drive.

The Cherokee County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 30-year-old Michael McAlister, Jr. He sustained a single gunshot wound to the head while in the front passenger’s seat of a 2009 Dodge Challenger.

McAlister was taken to the hospital where he died early Tuesday morning while undergoing treatment.

Police said a suspect has been taken into custody and they believe there are no other suspects involved.

28-year-old Zevonta Shands has been arrested and charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to Gaffney Police.

Police told 7 News the car the victim was sitting in belonged to Shands, and that Shands lived in the neighborhood where the shooting happened. He was arrested without incident.

An autopsy will be performed as part of the death investigation which is continuing by the coroner’s office and Gaffney Police.

The motive behind the crime is still unclear.

Shands is being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center without bond.

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