Richland County man arrested in June shooting; pot seized

August 27, 2013 

Paul Burton

Burton

RICHLAND COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

— An 18-year-old Richland County man has been charged in connection with a June shooting that the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said stemmed from gang rivalries.

Paul Burton was charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana within a half-mile of a school, Sheriff Leon Lott said in a news release. Six plastic bags of marijuana prepared for sale were confiscated when Burton was taken into custody, sheriff’s department spokesman Curtis Wilson said.

The shooting occurred on June 11 on the 2400 block of Alpine Road as the victim and friends walked to a gas station. Several shots were fired, and the victim was hit in the upper body, Lott said. His injuries were not life-threatening. Lott said the shooting stemmed from an earlier confrontation between rival gangs.

Rachael Myers Lowe

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