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Jefferson County shooting suspect arrested in Greenville

A quiet night at the J&B Club, 3561 Ashville Highway, in Monticello, was shattered with the sounds of gunshots in the early morning hours of Saturday, February 28. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the club at 2:30 a.m. Sergeant Logan Wilcox arrived almost at once with a Jefferson County Fire Rescue ambulance close behind. A gunshot victim was removed from the scene while Sergeant Wilcox interviewed witnesses. According to reports, law enforcement was able to determine that the shooting stemmed from an argument between two people. Witnesses identified Quinton Lamar Thompkins as the shooter. Witnesses gave a description of the vehicle and stated that he drove away with three other men that were involved in the shooting. Sergeant Wilcox issued a “Be on the Lookout” or “BOLO” to neighboring Madison County, for Thompkins, 26, of Greenville. Madison County deputies then went on alert for the suspect and the other men who were in the vehicle with the suspect. Madison County deputies were able to detain the suspects quickly: the BOLO was issued at 2:40 a.m. and Madison County deputies had the suspects in custody just 25 minutes later. However, there were fewer suspects than the witnesses reported. Thompkins was found as a passenger of Magell Dontric Arnold, 27, of Greenville. No other suspects were in the vehicle. Madison County officials found the vehicle littered with baggies of crack cocaine “in plain view […] on the seat. A complete search and inventory of the vehicle […] revealed additional crack cocaine and marijuana.” Thompkins is already on probation for a prior felony: he was not permitted to own a handgun because of this. He was arrested and charged with improper exhibition of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. These charges were for Jefferson County. He was transferred to the Jefferson County Jail on Monday, March 2, where he remains. Arnold was arrested for possession of marijuana and crack cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church and possession of marijuana and crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church. This case is still under investigation: more suspects and additional charges are pending. The identity and condition of the shooting victim is, as yet, unknown. However, he was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. It is also believed the victim was not involved in the original argument.

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