Fatal I-26 crash, club shooting in Spartanburg result of gang-related dispute, sheriff’s office says


SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – A fatal crash believed to be connected to an early-morning shooting in Spartanburg is still under investigation.

The Spartanburg Police Department, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, and the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office are investigating an accident that left one person dead on I-26 Eastbound Saturday morning.

The coroner identified the driver as 29-year-old Jerferron Raphael Talbert of Ware Shoals.

According to Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, it appears the wreck fatality was caused by retaliatory shooting involving moving vehicles.

Investigators believe the single-vehicle crash on I-26 is connected to a shooting that occurred at Club Rehab on Kensington Drive Saturday morning.

A male was found at this location with a gunshot wound and was transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for treatment, according to police.

They say the shooting victim’s injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

Deputies say the incident resulted from a dispute between rival gang members and the majority of the people involved aren’t local residents.

Interstate 26 was detoured for several hours while the crash was investigated. It has since reopened.

Police ask that anyone with any information to please contact Crimestoppers anonymously at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or information may be submitted using the City Crime Tip Line at (864) 573-0000.

We’ll continue to update this story. Check back for updates.

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