Crime & Courts

Columbia police identify suspect in Barhamville Road shooting

Christopher Keitt
Christopher Keitt Columbia Police Department

Columbia police have identified the suspect they say is responsible for shooting a man early Wednesday morning at his home on Barhamville Road.

Columbia police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said 24-year-old Christopher Keitt is wanted for attempted murder and armed robbery after he allegedly shot a man near his home near Barhamville Road. Timmons said once Keitt is captured he will also face charges on burglary, grand larceny, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, discharging a firearm into a dwelling and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

According to Timmons, Columbia police responded to reports of a shooting at the residence at around 8 a.m. Investigators believe Keitt was attempting to steal the victim’s car. The shooting occurred as the victim was attempting to run back inside his home.

Timmons said Keitt then stole the vehicle, which is described as a 2007 Chrysler 300 with a South Carolina license plate numbered “FPU-673.” The victim was transported to a local hospital where he is continuing to receive treatment for his injuries.

Although Richland 2 school officials have not confirmed that the victim was a teacher at the high school, spokeswoman Libby Roof said Thursday that Spring Valley High School’s principal sent an email to parents telling them a teacher had been injured in an off-campus incident. Roof said additional counselors have responded to the school to provide support and to monitor student reaction.

Timmons said Keitt should be considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone has information regarding Keitt’s whereabouts they are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (888)-CRIME-SC.