Greenville man charged in Tuesday night shooting near West Columbia

08/27/2014 3:17 PM

08/27/2014 3:19 PM

A Greenville man was charged Tuesday night with attempted murder following a shooting on Dubbs Avenue near West Columbia, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

Juan Hernandez-Torres, 38, was taken into custody by a South Carolina Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop in Laurens County on I-26 near Clinton.

An all-points bulletin had been issued for the SUV Hernandez-Torres was driving. A second man in the vehicle with Hernandez-Torres was also taken into custody. That person’s identity was not released. A search of the SUV turned up a gun allegedly used in the shooting.

Authorities do not know what prompted the shooting, which happened around 7 p.m. Tuesday, but Hernandez-Torres and the victim were acquainted, Lexington County Sheriff Lewis McCarty said. The victim, shot in the upper body, was taken to the hospital with what are thought to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Hernandez-Torres was being held at the Lexington County Detention Center late Tuesday night.

Sheriff McCarty asked anyone with information about the shooting incident to contact the Lexington County Sheriff's Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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