CHARLESTON (KFSM) -The victim in a deadly shooting on Tuesday (June 9) in Charleston has been identified as Joey Strickland, according to authorities.
Strickland was the nephew of suspect Thomas Roy Barnes, 63, who was booked at the Franklin County Jail on Wednesday.
The shooting occurred on South School Street south of the Charleston schools on Tuesday afternoon (June 9), according to Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons.
According to witnesses, Barnes was at his house and had multiple heated phone conversations with Strickland on Tuesday, and concluded with Barnes telling Strickland to come over.
Strickland had lived with Barnes and his wife Brenda for a short time.
After Strickland arrived at Barnes' home, Brenda heard "yelling." Strickland reportedly began to approach Barnes and the two shouted at each other. Strickland then clenched his fist and pulled it back as if to hit Barnes.
The suspect shot at Strickland once with a Smith and Wesson Highway Patrolman model .357.
Brenda Barnes immediately reported the incident, but when emergency personnel arrived, Strickland was pronounced dead at the scene.
Barnes is facing charges of first degree murder and his bail has been set at a $500,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear in the Franklin County Circuit Court on July 2.
Charleston Police Chief Billy Atchley said this is the first homicide in the city since he has been employed with the department. He has been with the department for 13 years.