A disabled man taking a walk near his parents’ home on the 7500 block of Bluff Road was shot around 11:30 p.m. Monday. Richland County authorities are seeking the public’s help in catching those responsible for this “horrible crime,” Sheriff Leon Lott said in a press release.
The victim, a 49-year-old man with severe mental disabilities, is deaf and has trouble communicating, the sheriff's department said.
Authorities were alerted to the case by the emergency room at Palmetto Richland Health when the victim arrived with a gunshot wound to the lower body.
Family members told investigators that the man came back from his late-night walk complaining of pain. They discovered the gunshot wound when they removed his clothes to determine the cause.
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Because of his disabilities, investigators are having a hard time piecing together what happened, Lott said. He’s confident someone knows what happened and hopes the $1000 in Crime Stopper reward money available to anyone who provides information leading to identification and capture of those responsible may help convince a witness to come forward.
The victim remained hospitalized Wednesday night, sheriff's department spokesman Curtis Wilson said. His condition was not known.