Crime & Courts

Update: Man suspected of shooting girlfriend in face found hiding in attic

Larry Cornish
Larry Cornish


A man who police believe shot his girlfriend in the face after taking her and her children in his car in Winnsboro was arrested in Columbia Thursday afternoon.

Winnsboro Public Safety Chief Freddy Lorick Sr. said Larry Cornish, 31, was taken into custody after he was found hiding in the attic of a building on the 5500 block of North Main Street.

Lorick said Cornish will be charged with attempted murder. He may also be charged with felon in possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

He will be booked into the Fairfield County Detention Center.

Lt. Curtis Wilson with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said law enforcement set up a perimeter in the area around 1:45 p.m. Thursday lanes of traffic on North Main Street were being rerouted as law enforcement took the suspect into custody.

He was taken into custody without incident.

Lorick said his department as well as SLED, Columbia Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Office were on the scene.


Police are searching for a man who they believe shot his girlfriend in the face after he abducted her and her children in his car.

Winnsboro Public Safety Chief Freddy Lorick Sr. said Larry Cornish, 31, went to his girlfriend’s apartment around 1 a.m. Wednesday and “pretty much abducted” her and her two children in his car.

When they were about two or three block away from the complex near the intersection of Calhoun Street and U.S. 321, she managed to stop the car somehow, according to Lorick.

Cornish then reportedly exited the car and shot her through the car in the face with a gun.

He then fled the scene.

The woman was able to make it to a hospital, where she is in good condition, Lorick said.

Lorick described Cornish as a black male, about 5-feet 5-inches tall with black hair and brown eyes.

Lorick said Cornish has an “extensive record” and that he is familiar to law enforcement.

Anyone with information about Cornish’s whereabouts can contact Crimestoppers at -888-CRIME-SC, or text “TIPSC” plus the message to CRIMES (274637). People who leave tips that lead to an arrest can receive up to $1,000 in reward money.