A man and woman were found dead Monday afternoon in a home along South Ott Road in the Rosewood neighborhood.
Each had been shot once in the upper body, said Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Curtis Wilson. A gun was found in the home and there were no signs of a struggle, he said.
Investigators were withholding their identities until their relatives are notified.
The bodies were discovered by a man who knew the couple and had come to the house around 1:30 p.m. Monday, Wilson said. Wilson did not say why the man had come to the house but said he was cooperating with investigators.
Neighbors had told investigators that they heard gunshots on Sunday night, but no one called police, Wilson said. Another neighbor said she had noticed the front door was open Sunday night and most of the day Monday.
The police vehicles and crime scene tape drew a crowd of onlookers and passers-by on the 1100 block of South Ott Road.
Sabrina Jackson, a next-door neighbor, was taken aback as the Richland County coroner’s staff wheeled one of the bodies out of the home. She has lived in the neighborhood for a month and only casually knew her neighbors. She said they were quiet and kept hours like any other working family.
“I never experienced something even close to this in my life,” Jackson said. “You never know what people are going through in life.”
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