West Columbia Police Department in the early stages of shooting investigation
West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) – Officers with the West Columbia Police Department are in the early stages of an investigation into a reported shooting at 450 Meeting Street in the city. This is close to the intersection of Leaphart Street and Meeting. Assistant Chief Scott Morrison has now confirmed that this was at the Valero gas and convenience store. Reports regarding the shooting came in around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday night.
Chief Morrison said Wednesday that two men had some sort of altercation at the store. At some point, two shots were fired. Police responded and found a man with a head wound caused by the gunfire. They immediately requested first responders from the West Columbia Fire Department and Lexington County EMS. Within moments of their arrival on the scene, officers released a description to other law enforcement agencies of a black male suspect that they believed fled toward Columbia. There was also the possibility that they had a description of a car that could have been used to help a suspect get away. Officers from WCPD as well as Cayce’s Department of Public Safety flooded the area and saturated the streets that lead across the Congaree River into the Capitol City. They were unable to take a suspect into custody.
At this point, Chief Morrison says that the victim is alive but they have not been able to interview him due to his wound. They are preparing to release as much information as they feel is prudent about the suspect and any car involved as soon as possible. We will update our story as we learn more.