South Carolina

Police searching for gunman in fatal triple shooting in northeast Columbia

Two people were killed and a third person was hospitalized from injuries following a Thursday night shooting, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said.

Those two people killed were identified as Christine Anne Hayes, 47, of Blythewood, and Justin Glenn, 24, of Columbia, according to a release from Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.

Deputies are looking for a person they believe carried out the shooting. Investigators are searching for 46-year-old Demetrick Doctor in connection with the homicides. When arrested he will be charged with two counts of murder and attempted murder. He’s believed to be driving a white Crown Victoria. Doctor should be considered armed and dangerous, deputies said.

The shooting occurred at 239 Ballenton Rd. in Columbia at around 10:30 p.m., according to the release. That’s near the intersection of Hardscrabble Road and Interstate 77.

When deputies arrived, they said they found three people had been shot, two of whom died at the scene. Hayes and Glenn had both been shot in the upper torso.

A third person was taken to an area hospital, the sheriff’s department said.

Information on that person’s condition was not available.

Police are also searching for Doctor’s brother, Christopher Doctor, to question him about the shooting.

Investigators haven’t said what the motivation for the shooting was, but an investigation is ongoing.

Demetrick Doctor has a criminal record that goes back to 1990, according to court records.

In 1996, Doctor pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment. Court records show that while in a South Carolina prison he assaulted a corrections officer and received additional time in prison.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or report it to CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC or submit an online tip.


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