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2 facing charges in 2 counties after gunshots at Columbia Walmart

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In 2017, Columbia police responded to a Walmart nine times a day. Here are the top 10 places where the police get called in Columbia, SC.
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In 2017, Columbia police responded to a Walmart nine times a day. Here are the top 10 places where the police get called in Columbia, SC.

Two people are facing charges in two counties after a shooting incident at a Columbia Walmart, according to police.

A Columbia police officer working the Walmart on Harbison Boulevard on Tuesday night saw a white Cadillac Escalade that had been reported stolen in Lexington County, police said in a release Wednesday afternoon. Stanley Ray Lubkin and a female acquaintance, Mandy Johnson, were identified as suspects in a shoplifting at the nearby Home Depot, and police believe they drove to the stolen Escalade to the store.

Johnson was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a schedule IV narcotic, according to police.

Lubkin was inside the Walmart during this time, and when he returned to the parking lot, officers approached him to talk with him, police said. He pulled out a gun and ignored officers’ commands to get on the ground, instead running away and firing the handgun.

Lubkin got into a Dodge Ram that was in the parking lot and drove away, police said. He was found a few hours later, sleeping in the Dodge on North Lake Drive in Lexington County.

Lubkin faces two counts of attempted murder and one count each of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, possession of a weapon by a person convicted of a violent crime and grand larceny, according to police. He and Johnson remain in the Lexington County Detention Center.

Columbia police say Lubkin faces additional charges in Lexington County.

Teddy Kulmala covers breaking news for The State and covered crime and courts for seven years in Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken and Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University and grew up in Barnwell County.


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