Crime & Courts

‘Armed and dangerous’ man sought after shooting near Columbia interstate, cops say

Columbia police are looking for a man who they say shot at a man near an Interstate 126 overpass, according to a statement from the department.

Jarvaris Hammonds Blanks, 30, is being sought out on charges of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Police say on April 12, Hammonds Blanks was allegedly arguing with another man when he pulled out a gun, according to the statement. The pair were in a car on the 400 block of Greystone Boulevard.

The man got out of the car and began to run away, according to the statement. Hammonds Blanks fired at him multiple times, but no one was injured.

Hammonds Blanks should be considered armed and dangerous, police say. Oficers encourage anyone who may know where Hammonds Blanks is contact Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

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Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government 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.

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