The pellet-gun suspect that Richland County sheriff’s deputies are searching for after a string of several reports of drivers being targeted struck again last night, shooting at three victims near the Longtown Road area.
Lt. Curtis Wilson, a department spokesman, said the first incident occurred just after 9 p.m. along the 700 block of Longtown Road near Clemson Road after a male victim reported hearing an object striking the passenger-side window of his vehicle where his wife was sitting.
The victims observed a small hole in the window causing about $150 in damage, Wilson said. The female victim was not injured.
Shortly after the first incident, Wilson said the suspect fired at another car driving in the area, hitting the passenger-side door panel several times. The shooting cause about $200 in damage to the vehicle, but no injuries were reported.
A third victim reported being fired after the suspect shot out the front passenger window of her car causing an estimated $300 in damage, Wilson said. She did not report any injuries.
So far, including last night’s shootings, there have been ten reports from drivers in the same area being fired upon by the suspect causing a total of $4,150 in damage to vehicles. The suspect has also allegedly targeted a Richland County sheriff’s deputy who was responding to reports of the shootings in the area.
The pellet struck the deputy’s patrol car, hitting the roof before bouncing up and breaking the light bar on the patrol car. Sheriff’s deputies are continuing to search the area to look for clues that will lead them to the suspect.
Wilson said if anyone has information, even if just a little, to call the sheriff’s department or Crimestoppers.
“We are still fortunate that no on is injured,” Wilson said. “But, with this person doing what they are doing, it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.”
If anyone has information regarding the incidents call Crimestoppers at 1 (888)-CRIME-SC.