Man accused of murder in Sugar Shack shooting in Cherokee Co.


GAFFNEY, SC (WSPA) – A man has been arrested for a shooting and murder at nightclub in Cherokee Co., according to Sheriff Steve Mueller.

According to a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office news release, investigators Kenyon Corneluies Hopper, 36, of Shelby, NC, was arrested and charged for the murder of Montrell Jordan McMullens, 23, at the Sugar Shack Nightclub in Gaffney on Jan. 19.

Hopper was charged with murder and four counts of attempted murder. He is being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center without bond.

McMullens, of Gaffney, died during surgery at Spartanburg Medical Center a short time later, according to the Cherokee County Coroner’s Office.

Four others were hurt at the night club, located on Wilcox Avenue.

Deputies said a 32-year-old woman and 38-year-old woman were driven to a hospital in Shelby, North Carolina, while a 31-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man were taken to Cherokee Medical Center in Gaffney. 

The four were all treated for non life-threatening injuries and most have been released, deputies say.

The sheriff’s office said at least four vehicles were also hit by gunfire.

Investigators said they were able to get video from inside the club.

Deputies said the club will remain closed during the investigation.

In a release, the Sheriff’s Office says:

Law Enforcement has had meetings with those running the club providing them with proactive safety measures they could take to reduce violence. They followed the recommendations for a period of time but have reverted back to not having armed security on the premises and have failed miserably in protecting patrons of their establishment both inside the nightclub and outside the club. The club was only permitted or licensed for serving beer and wine. Evidence recovered inside the club indicates they were serving liquor to patrons within the club as well prior to the shooting. The Sheriff’s Office will work closely with the Department of Revenue and SLED to attempt to revoke the current license and partner with our Solicitor to shutter the nuisance establishment on a permanent basis through the courts.

Anyone with information on the shooting or the events that took place before the shooting at the Sugar Shack are asked to contact Inv. Parnell or Inv. Haney at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-489-4722. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

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