Crime & Courts

Richland County deputies charge man with attempted murder after late-night shooting


Richland County sheriff’s deputies have charged a man with attempted murder after he fired several shots at another man who he alleged was breaking into his vehicle, but was just leaving a friend’s home late Monday evening.

Sgt. Kevin Lawrence, a department spokesman, said 64-year-old Donald Caldwell has been charged with one count of attempted murder and two counts of pointing and presenting a firearm in connection with the incident.

Lawrence said that deputies responded to a shots-fired call in the 200 block of New Holland Drive near Wilson Boulevard just before 12 a.m. When deputies arrived, they located Caldwell standing in the middle of the roadway, armed with a high-powered rifle.

When deputies confronted Caldwell, he told them he fired several shots at a suspect that was trying to break in to Caldwell’s vehicle, Lawrence said. After further investigation, deputies met with a victim – who Caldwell said was the suspect attempting to break in to his vehicle – who said Caldwell began firing several shots at him as he exited his friend’s home. The victim also told deputies that Caldwell called out the victim’s name before he began shooting.

Lawrence said a nearby witness who heard the gunshots came out of their home, and Caldwell also fired several shots at them. A second witness then called law enforcement. Nobody was injured during the shooting.

Caldwell was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center where he is currently being held.

Reach Cahill at (803) 771-8305.