Crime & Courts

Richland deputies investigate two weekend shootings within a mile in Northeast Columbia

A man was shot while getting out of his car at just after midnight in Northeast Columbia, Richland County deputies said.

About a mile away and less than three hours later another man was shot while he sat in his car.

The first shooting happened in a neighborhood off Hard Scrabble Road, the second at a back-roads club off the same road, according to a Richland County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson who said, despite the proximity and time, the incidents are not connected.

Deputies were called out to a home on 400 block of Rockhaven in the Farrowood Estates community around 12:37 a.m., the department said. A man was shot in the lower body.

The victims said he was going to see a friend and got out of his car. He heard a loud pop. He was shot, he told police, and went to a nearby home for help. Paramedics took him to a hospital.

An investigation is underway but department spokesperson Sara Blann said the victim is being uncooperative with investigators.

Around 3 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the second shooting about a mile away at Club Laroice at 119 Carrie Anderson Road off Hard Scrabble Road. A man was shot in the upper body while he sat in his car in parking lot. Paramedics also took him to a hospital.

Investigators are looking into the second shooting.

Club Laroice, which was previously reported as a strip club, was the site of a 2017 shooting and an arson, The State reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-274-6372

David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.