Authorities have charged a 34-year-old West Columbia man with murder after his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend was gunned down outside a home near Gaston.
Deputies arrested George Robert Tronco Jr. of San Sus Drive, on Monday. In addition to the murder charge, he is charged with possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Deputies responded to a call about a shooting outside a home in the 4000 block of Fish Hatchery Road on Sunday just before midnight, the Lexington County Sheriff's Department said.
They found Steven Eric Swihart unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the right upper body. Investigators later determined the weapon that fired the fatal round was a 30-06 rifle.
A witness who lived at the home and described as Swihart's girlfriend, Stacy Michelle Phillips, 31, told the officers she suspected her ex-boyfriend, Tronco. She said they broke off their three-year relationship in August.