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21-year-old killed in Gervais Street shooting in downtown Columbia identified by coroner

Scene of deadly shooting on Gervais Street in Columbia

One person was killed and two others injured in an overnight shooting Sunday morning near downtown Columbia, according to police. The shooting happened just after midnight at 2300 Gervais St.
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One person was killed and two others injured in an overnight shooting Sunday morning near downtown Columbia, according to police. The shooting happened just after midnight at 2300 Gervais St.

One person was killed and two others were injured Sunday in an early morning shooting in downtown Columbia, according to a tweet from police.

The shooting occurred at a party in a parking lot with hundreds of people in attendance, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Darold Kevin Dantzler, II was identified as the person killed, according to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts. An autopsy showed the 21-year-old “died as a result of gunshot wounds to the upper body,” police said in a news release.

Responding officers performed CPR on Dantzler, but he was “pronounced deceased at the scene,” according to the news release.

The shooting happened just after midnight in the 2300 block of Gervais Street, police said on Twitter. The shooting happened at the Masonic Lodge, according to police spokesperson Jennifer Timmons.

The lodge is located between Harden Street and Millwood Avenue.

In all, three people were shot, police tweeted. The other victims were taken to a local hospital, according to police.

There is no word on their conditions, but police said their “injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.”

No arrests have been announced by police, who have asked for the public’s help providing information.

Details on a possible motive, or what led up to the shooting are not clear.

“Officers believe that there was an argument between a few people before the shooting occurred,” police said in a news release, where they reported that investigators are “working to gather information regarding the suspect(s).”

“A number of rounds were fired and yet we haven’t had one person come forward with any material information, that’s a problem,” Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said of the shooting that occurred at an event where there were “possibly 400 people in attendance,” WIS reported.

On Sunday afternoon, two unmarked patrol cars were parked at the lodge. Scattered around the building were red plastic cups, glass drink bottles, beer cans and other remnants from what appeared to be a large party.

Along with that debris were tatters of yellow crime scene tape and purple medical gloves — an ominous indication of how the night ended.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC or submit an online tip.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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.


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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