Crime & Courts

Victim identified in drive-by shooting near Richland sheriff’s department

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a drive-by shooting that happened about a mile from the department’s headquarters.

Friday, close to midday, a gunman in a black vehicle, possibly a Dodge Dart, fired into a victim’s vehicle as the victim drove along the 6000 block of Two Notch Road, deputies said.

The victim ran off the road near Cadia Drive and Crossland Lane, according to a witness. The victim was able to flag down someone for help. The gunman drove away from the scene. When paramedics arrived, they rushed the victim to the hospital, according to police.

The shooting occurred only blocks away from the sheriff’s department headquarters, which is located at 5623 Two Notch Road.

Deputies were dispatched to the area to investigate. Two Notch Road near the 6700 block was closed in both directions as investigators processed the scene.

By Friday afternoon, the victim died in the hospital, according to department spokesperson, Sara Blann.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the victim as 28-year-old Joshua Emmanuel Peterson of Irmo. He died from complications from a gunshot wound to the lower torso, Watts said.

Investigators are trying to find out if more than one gunman fired. Deputies and the coroner’s office continue to investigate.

Deputies asked that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 888-274-6372.

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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.
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