Crime & Courts

Two Midlands men killed in what sheriff calls gang-related shooting are identified

Two Midlands men, including a teenager, were killed in a shooting early Wednesday morning, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said.

The shooting occurred just before 1 a.m. in the Cherryvale area of Sumter County, Coroner Robbie Baker said in an interview with The State.

A 19-year-old was shot and rushed to a hospital in Sumter, where he died in the emergency room Wednesday morning, Baker said. A 22-year-old was also shot, and was airlifted to a Columbia hospital where he later died, the sheriff’s office said. He was identified as Sumter resident Michael Sigler.

After notifying his family, the teen was publicly identified as Sumter resident Christopher A. Thompson, according to a news release from the coroner’s office.

Baker said Sigler suffered “severe” injuries and underwent surgery. He died shortly after 1 p.m., the sheriff’s office said.

The men were walking in the 1000 block of Cherryvale Drive, near Broad Street, when a “dark colored vehicle” pulled over and its occupants opened fire, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The coroner’s office has determined Thompson’s death was a homicide.

“This does not appear to be a random shooting,” Sheriff Anthony Dennis said in the news release. “I believe this shooting is gang related.

“We have seen an increase in gang related incidents, therefore, I have requested the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Gang Task Force to assist with the investigation of this shooting incident as well as previous shooting incidents.”

Baker said an autopsy is scheduled for Thompson on Thursday at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

The shooting is being investigated by the sheriff’s office and the coroner’s office.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 803-436-2000 or report it to Sumter CrimeStoppers at 803-436-2718 or submit an online tip.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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