Vehicle of Jonesville homicide victim found burned, abandoned; person of interest sought

JONESVILLE, SC (WSPA) - Jonesville Police officers are continuing their search for a person of interest in connection to a deadly shooting.

Union County Coroner William Holcombe said Kenneth Bruce George Jr., 38, of Spartanburg, was found dead from a gunshot wound on the porch of a Jonesville home on Alman Street around 6 p.m. Sunday.

Police said the victim was shot twice -- once in the upper torso and once in the left leg. A bullet was also found in his cellphone.

The coroner said George's death is being investigated as a homicide.

On Monday, the Union County Sheriff's Office released information and a photo of a vehicle -- a 2004 silver Lincoln belonging to George -- they sought in connection to the case.

We learned on Tuesday that the vehicle was reportedly found on fire and abandoned by Roebuck firefighters Sunday.

Once firefighters got information that the vehicle was connected to the Jonesville homicide case, they contacted police.

The homeowner and a woman at the home on Alman Street where George was shot and killed, said the shooting occurred when George and another man tried to rob them.

"The homeowner didn't know know Mr. George personally. He came with a fourth person that he did know," Jonesville Police Chief Carl Jennings said. "We have two people who were in the home and we're interviewing and trying to find out what actually happened between the two. We don't know what happened. We don't know who shot who."

Jennings said the homeowner was arrested on a separate charge, and said that he and the woman are now blaming each other for the shooting.

Investigators are currently running tests to identify who shot George.

"It puts everybody on edge when something like this happens," James Fowler, who has lived in the area most of his life, said. "And it's a lot of talk about it."

The Union County Sheriff's Office is assisting in the investigation.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CRIME-SC.

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