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A 35-year-old Orangeburg man is dead, apparently after being shot in the head early Saturday morning. 

The victim has been identified as Joseph Simms Jr. of Weatherford Road, Orangeburg County Coroner Samuetta Marshall said on Monday.

She said his body will undergo an autopsy on Tuesday.

Someone called 911 at 4:20 a.m. Saturday to report a shooting incident at Da Yellow Sto, a nightclub located at 2257 Carver School Road in Cope, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

As deputies arrived, three men flagged them down to show them the location of the victim.

The victim was on his back on the ground, the report said. Deputies weren’t able to locate a pulse and determined that the man had a gunshot wound to his head.

Nine individuals remained at the scene and told deputies they didn’t know what happened, but they each heard multiple shots fired and then saw the man on the ground.

Investigators reviewed surveillance video and found shell casings in the roadway.

The incident remains under investigation.

This is the third shooting death in Orangeburg County in 2019.

If anyone has information about the incident, they are asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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