Crime & Courts

Arrest made in apartment shooting near Columbiana Centre

Christopher Justin Lewis Lloyd
Christopher Justin Lewis Lloyd

Police reported a woman was shot in the head and seriously injured at an apartment complex near Columbia Centre around noon Monday, causing a nearby school to be locked down.

Christopher Justin Lewis Lloyd, 21, was arrested Monday night and charged with attempted murder. Lloyd is accused of shooting the woman in the head after an argument, according to the Columbia Police Department.

Officers were dispatched around 11:45 a.m. to Harbison Gardens Apartments at Harbison Station Circle, according to Tweets from the Columbia Police Department.

Harbison West Elementary School, adjacent to the apartment complex, was placed on on “lock out” as a precaution, Lt. Curtis Wilson with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said. No injuries or other incidents were reported at the school.

Police said the woman knew Lloyd and described the case as an isolated incident. Lloyd fled on foot, but was located near Piney Grove Road approximately 3 hours after the crime, authorities said. Initially a person of interest, Lloyd was arrested for the shooting and was also charged with Possession of a Firearm during a Violent Crime, according to the Columbia Police Department.

Lloyd been booked at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

The woman had surgery and is recovering from serious injuries, according to the Columbia Police Department.