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Man shot and killed a person he met on social media, police said. Then he burned the victim's car.

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Source: MEGA; Newberry County Sheriff's Office

Dec. 25 2021, Published 4:12 p.m. ET

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A 19-year-old man faces a murder charge in connection to the shooting of a person he met on social media, according to police.

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This week the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina announced the arrest of Blaize Pedro Plaza in connection to the shooting of Jamal Jermain Alston on Dec. 19.

Plaza and Alston met through a social networking site, according to the sheriff’s office. Late Dec. 18 or early Dec. 19, Alston drove to a location in Newberry County to meet Plaza and a woman.

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The trio drove away, and Plaza asked Alston to pull over, according to the sheriff’s office. When Plaza returned to the car, the door was initially locked. When Alston unlocked the door, Plaza began shooting into the car. Alston was shot several times.

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Alston left the vehicle and fled into the woods as Plaza gave chase and continued to shoot, according to the sheriff’s office.

Plaza and the woman then took Alston’s vehicle and drove to another location. There, they burned the car, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Plaza was charged and booked into the Newberry County Detention Center. He was also charged with grand larceny and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Investigators say more charges are pending.

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