A vehicle that was carjacked early Thursday morning near the Shandon and Heathwood neighborhoods will be processed for DNA and fingerprints of the culprits, Columbia Police said.
Meanwhile, one victim – a 37-year-old woman who was smashed in the face by a gun-wielding hoodlum – was treated and released at a local hospital, police Capt. Dana Oree said.
“She had some lacerations in the head,” Oree said.
Police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons characterized the victims, whose names police would not release, as “traumatized.”
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The woman and another person, a 37-year-old man, had just been to Wild Wings on Devine Street near Fort Jackson Boulevard and were on their way home when they stopped at a red light at Devine and Beltline Boulevard, according to a police incident report.
That intersection, on the major Devine Street-Garners Ferry Road east-west corridor into downtown, is on one of the city’s most heavily traveled routes.
Two casually dressed young men between the ages of 20 and 28 approached the driver’s side of the 2004 Chevrolet sedan and asked for a ride. When the driver refused, both men pulled out handguns and ordered them out of the car.
When the pair refused, one of the armed men hit the female victim in the face and head with his gun, according to the police report.
At that point, both occupants of the car got out. The two suspects jumped in and drove off. Oree said he didn’t think anything but the car was stolen.
The car was found about 7:45 a.m. in the 4400 block of Blossom Street.
“I don’t believe anything was stolen,” Oree said. “They just took the vehicle.”
The suspects are described as being black males. One suspect was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts, and may be between the ages of 20 to 28, with a medium build and weighing 180 pounds.
The other suspect is described as possibly being 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds.