RICHLAND COUNTY, SC — A woman was shot and killed Saturday night after spurning the attentions of a man she had once dated, Richland County Sheriff's Department spokesman Curtis Wilson said.
The woman was identified as Zelda D. Kollock, 51, of 616 Cottontail Court. Richland County coroner Gary Watts said she was shot multiple times in the upper body. An autopsy conducted Sunday morning shows that she died from complications of those gunshot wounds, Watts stated in a news release.
The suspect, John Washington, 58, was hospitalized after wrecking his car on the entrance ramp to I-77 at Killian Road while fleeing the scene, Wilson said.
Neighbors called authorities around 8 p.m. to report the shooting in the front yard of the neighborhood off Clemson Road near Interstate 77.
Witnesses told investigators that Washington sought to talk to Kollock earlier Saturday but was rebuffed. He left the Cottontail Court address and then returned. Confronted in the front yard, Washington allegedly shot Kollock in the upper body and then moved her to the home's garage before fleeing the scene.
When deputies arrived on scene, they forced their way into the home. Kollock was pronounced dead on the scene, Wilson said.
After fleeing the scene of the shooting, Washington apparently lost control of his vehicle as he was trying to get on Interstate 77 at Killian Road. He was thrown from the vehicle, Wilson said.
Washington was taken to Palmetto Health Richland. His condition is not known, Wilson said. He will face murder charges, Wilson said.
Rachael Myers Lowe