Crime & Courts

Deputies called to Columbia fight, find one dead, one mortally injured, cops say

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Two are dead after being involved in a fight Wednesday night in Columbia, according to a statement from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Jasmine Richardson, 24, and Brennan M. Montgomery, 25, both of Hopkins, died after the incident, which happened between 10:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on the 1300 block Whispering Pines Road, according to the coroner’s office.

Deputies were called to the area to respond to a fight, according to the sheriff’s department. When they arrived, one person was already dead, and another had to be taken to a hospital.

While details about the actual assault are scant, the coroner found that Richardson died at the scene. The cause of death was due to “homicidal violence,” according to the coroner’s office.

Montgomery was taken from the scene to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital after being shot multiple times in the upper body, according to the coroner’s office. He died early Thursday morning of his injuries.

The incident is being investigated by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies ask that anyone with information contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.

Emily Bohatch is a breaking news reporter for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.