A domestic disturbance between a boyfriend and girlfriend and the boyfriend’s sister in Lower Richland County has left two hospitalized and one with multiple gunshot wounds, officers say.
The incident occurred just before 3 a.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of Crossing Creek Road, Richland County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Curtis Wilson said.
A man living at the residence was fighting with his girlfriend when the altercation turned physical, Wilson said. The man’s sister, who also lives at the residence, became involved in a physical altercation with her brother as well.
She then pulled out a handgun, Wilson said. After the man attempted to take the gun from his sister, the sister fired it, striking her brother multiple times in his upper body, Wilson said.
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Joe Bales, 42, was charged with criminal domestic violence and aggravated assault. His sister shot him in self-defense, WIlson said, and is not being charged.
Bales and his sister were taken to an area hospital. Their conditions, as well as the girlfriend’s, were unavailable late Saturday.