Crime & Courts

Suspect identified in Thanksgiving slaying

Deputies with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department are looking for Maurice Kinard, 31, in connection with a Thanksgiving night shooting death.

Desmond Lewis, 31, of Columbia was found lying in the middle of Bluff Road with multiple gunshot wounds, said Curtis Wilson, a spokesman for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Lewis later died at Palmetto Health Richland from wounds to his lower body, said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.

Lewis was shot around 9:45 p.m. Thursday in front of a house on the 4500 block of Bluff Road, Wilson said. He did not know whether the people who lived in the house had any association with Lewis.

Kinard was identified as a suspect Friday.

The authorities are asking that anyone who knows anything about this shooting or can help locate the suspect should call, email or text your anonymous tip to: Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.