Club manager charged with manslaughter in Johnston shooting

We’re learning new details after a man was shot and killed at an old club in Johnston.
Published: May. 24, 2023 at 4:48 PM EDT|Updated: May. 25, 2023 at 1:24 PM EDT
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JOHNSTON, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - We’re learning new details after a man was shot and killed at an old club in Johnston.

According to Coroner David Burnett, Willy Dublin died of a gunshot wound and was scheduled to have an autopsy Monday morning.

Deputies responded to “The Spot” at 208 Walker St. around 7:30 p.m. May 19. Officials say this is an old club in and out of business.

According to the Johnston Police Department, Dublin was on trespassing notice from the property when he came back the night he was killed. Officials say the manager, identified as Joe Dukes, 68, recognized him and escorted him back outside.

This is when an altercation started between the two, and Dukes shot Dublin, according to authorities.

Dukes was taken into custody Friday night and booked into the Edgefield County Detention Center.

Police say he is charged with manslaughter.


This shooting is part of a continuing outbreak of violent crime that’s claimed more than 90 lives across the CSRA in a little over a year.

According to deputies with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, a shooting happened just before 7 p.m. Friday at Belvedere Clearwater Road and Pineview Drive. The victim was shot in the leg and taken to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries.

There were also shootings on the other side of the Savannah River.

Three people, including a juvenile, ended up in hospitals after a series of apparently unrelated shootings that began Friday night and continued through the weekend.

A minor was injured in a shooting around 5 p.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Oak Street in Augusta. A 22-year-old man was injured in a shooting at a graduation party in Washington County.

On Sunday afternoon, gunfire broke out at an Augusta food store, but no one was hurt.