WALTERBORO -- The rash of violence in Colleton County claimed another victim early Saturday morning, but authorities don't think the deadly shooting was related to other recent killings.
Around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, deputies found Keno Delean Nixon, 30, of Walterboro near the private club The Spot close to the Smoaks community. Nixon had been shot once in the face, and he was pronounced dead at the Colleton Medical Center, said coroner Rich Harvey.
Nixon is the fourth person to be killed in the county this month.
"It's out of control now," said Sheriff George Malone. "The violence in Colleton County is out of control."
Malone said he didn't have any reason to think the killing was gang-related, but it might have been related to some other criminal activity.
State and local authorities have boosted patrols in and around Walterboro recently in hopes of ending the bloodshed that started nearly three weeks ago with a drive-by shooting that killed three people and wounded six others and a second shooting that wounded two people. Officers have been focusing their efforts on areas near those crimes, but the place where Nixon was shot isn't near the site of previous shootings; it's about 20 miles away.
Anyone with information about the shootings should call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.