Six people were shot, two fatally, in four shooting incidents in less than 24 hours in Columbia and Richland County.
Three of the incidents happened in the city of Columbia, two on the same street at the troubled Colony Apartments.
Police investigators are trying to determine whether any of the shootings are connected or gang-related, department spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said.
No arrests had been made Saturday night.
In the first incident, three people were shot just before 9 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of Martha Street, interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago said Saturday in a news release. All were believed to be outside the residence when shots were fired.
One victim was found in front of a home in the 700 block of Martha Street, near the Greenview neighborhood. The man, identified by county Coroner Gary Watts as Nathaniel McKelvin III, 21, of Cindy Drive in Columbia, died at the scene of gunshot wounds to the upper body, Watts said.
Two other males were taken to local hospitals, Santiago said. Their conditions were not known Saturday night.
In the second incident, about four miles away, a Columbia man was found shot and unresponsive on the ground shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of Bailey Street, Santiago said.
The man, identified by Watts as Willie Gilmore, 22, of Head Street, was taken to a local hospital, where he died.
Preliminary information shows the victim may have been involved in an argument moments before the shooting, Santiago said.
The third shooting happened around 5 p.m. Saturday, this one in the 3500 block of Bailey Street, Timmons said.
One man was shot, Timmons said, though the injury was not believed to be life-threatening. The shooting appears to have happened after an argument among a group of people standing outside, she said.
Mayor Steve Benjamin, in a statement Saturday, encouraged anyone with information about the shootings to come forward, to help police “find those responsible for these crimes and bring them to justice.”
Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers, (888) CRIME-SC.
Meanwhile, Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a shooting that occurred late Friday night in the Lower Richland town of Eastover, at Dodamead and Joyner streets, said Sgt. Curtis Wilson.
Deputies responding to an aggravated assault call around 11:30 p.m. found a victim shot multiple times in the lower body, Wilson said. The victim was in serious condition late Saturday, Wilson said.
No arrests had been made Saturday night, Wilson said.