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22-year-old's murder caps off dangerous weekend in Columbia

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The deadly shooting on West Campanella Drive is just one of four shootings that happened in the Columbia area over the weekend. Two shootings happened early Saturday morning and the others were early Sunday morning.

This weekend's streak of violence has some wondering if crime is going up in the capital city.

It all started at 4 a.m. Saturday when Richland County deputies say a man and woman were shot in their motel room at the Palmetto Inn on Morninghill Drive. Law enforcement agents arrested 48-year-old Rodney Robinson and charged him with two counts of attempted murder. Deputies say Robinson and the two victims got into an argument when shots were fired. Deputies say drugs were involved. The victims are recovering.

Around the same time on Saturday, deputies say two men got into a fight on the 4100 block of Shorecrest Drive when one man was shot in the lower body. Deputies say the men knew each other. The victim is expected to be ok.

Then on Sunday around 1 a.m., 22-year-old Amanda McKemie was shot once in the back of the head while sitting in her car. Columbia police say McKemie was in the passenger seat when gun shots flew through her back window. In the police report, the driver says shots were fired from Farrow Road while they sat in a parking lot on West Campanella Drive. A 16-year-old has been charged with murder and expected to be tried as an adult. Police say this killing is the result of gang violence.

An hour later, across town, three people were shot after leaving Side Pockets night club on Hazelwood Road off Garners Ferry Road. Deputies says several people were kicked out of the club by security. Once outside, they started fighting and then gun shots were fired. All of the victims have non-life threatening injuries.

According to the latest SLED crime statistics, there were more than 3,500 violent crimes committed in Richland County in 2011. There were 25 murders and more than 2,500 aggravated assaults as well.

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