Columbia police are investigating a shooting outside of Providence Hospital that injured one man, though he was able to get help from an EMS crew who happened to be nearby.
Columbia Police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said a man was shot at least one time in the upper body and then ran toward Providence Hospital, 2435 Forest Drive, around 11:30.
Timmons said the shooting did not occur on hospital property, but it happened close enough that an EMS crew was nearby and immediately provided first aid.
The crew told police the wound did not look life threatening.
He was transported to Palmetto Health Richland hospital and underwent surgery Wednesday afternoon.
Police are also trying to determine the exact crime scene location, though they have roped off an area outside the hospital near the corner of Laurel Street and Bernadin Drive.
Police also are trying to find a suspect and determine a motive for the shooting.
Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Providence Hospital released a statement but did not state if the victim was an employee or a patient.
“We are saddened by the incident that occurred today nearby the hospital. Right now, our top priority is protecting the safety of our employees and patients,” the statement read.