The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office has filed charges against a security guard involved in a deadly shooting at an Anderson nightclub that ended in a wreck last weekend.
Authorities say 28-year-old Joey Johnson, Jr. has been charged with assault and manslaughter in the death of 21-year-old India Lomax. He has turned himself in to authorities, according to Sheriff John Skipper.
Investigators say Lomax died from a gunshot wound in the back as she drove away from the nightclub Marvon’s Place just after 4 a.m. Saturday. Her passenger 33-year-old Willis Donald had been shot in the arm.
Johnson told deputies he fired in self defense as Lomax’s pickup veered towards him. The incident occurred only minutes after several armed security guards had stopped an altercation in the nightclub’s parking lot.
Deputies say Lomax drove the truck a short distance down S.C. Highway 28 before crashing into a parked car, then a utility pole. That was where deputies discovered her. Anderson County Coroner Dan McCown said an autopsy found Lomax died from a single gunshot wound in her back.
Sheriff Skipper said Lomax’s truck had 11 bullet holes in it and that it appears Johnson was the only person to fire a weapon that night.
Johnson’s attorney says her client believes he acted properly and plans to fight the charges.