Crime & Courts

West Columbia man shot a family member before turning self in, Lexington deputies say

A woman ran out of a home crying and begging for help when a Lexington County deputy pulled up to a West Columbia house for a shooting, according to a police report.

The woman was desperate to get treatment for a relative that was shot inside the house.

Tuesday, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department announced a man was in jail in connection with the shooting.

The department charged 40-year-old Keon Lamont Faison with attempted murder, domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and five counts of unlawful neglect of a child.

“Based on what a victim and witnesses told detectives, Faison shot a female relative after they argued inside his home on Bay Blossom Lane,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “He twice pointed the gun at another family member before leaving the home.”

The 49-year-old victim was shot once in the leg by a 9 mm pistol while four children, all under 13, and an infant were in the house, according to a deputy’s report. A 27-year-old woman was also in the house.

The responding deputy applied a tourniquet to the victim’s leg before letting medical crews know it was safe to come to the house.

Paramedics transported the victim to the hospital and she is expected to recover from the gunshot wound, said Capt. Adam Myrick, spokesperson for the department.

Faison turned himself in at the sheriff’s department Friday night, according to Myrick.

A judge denied Faison bond. He is being held in the Lexington County Detention Center.

South Carolina has one of the highest rates of domestic violence and men who kill women, often by gun, in the United States.

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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.