A man was fatally shot when he tried to break up an argument between two men at a Columbia Waffle House early Sunday, according to police.
Wayne A. Bell, 28, died from a gunshot wound to the lower torso, according to Richland County coroner Gary Watts after performing an autopsy.
The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. outside the Waffle House in the 200 block of Stoneridge Drive, off Greystone Boulevard near I-126, according to the Columbia Police Department.
Eric Nixon, 35, was arrested at a home on Jacob Road and charged with murder, according to police. He was placed in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
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Police believe Bell was trying to break up an argument between Nixon and another man when he was shot. Bell was taken to an area hospital where he died at 3:39 a.m.
The Columbia Police Department continues to investigate the incident.