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Police: Man drives gunshot victim into lobby of Spartanburg hospital

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SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Authorities are investigating a shooting and crash after a pickup truck drove into Spartanburg Regional Medical Center on Monday with a gunshot victim inside the vehicle.

Spartanburg County deputies said about 3:20 a.m. they were called to the hospital on East Wood Street about the gunshot victim and crash.

Deputies said the victim had been shot in the thigh and was incoherent, unable to tell them about the shooting.

The driver of the truck was detained and was not cooperative, refusing to answer questions about the shooting, according to Lt. Tony Ivey with the sheriff's office.

Spartanburg Public Safety officers are investigating the crash and said the driver, identified as 34-year-old Lawrence Penson, had a suspended license. Online jail records show he was booked into the jail on charges of driving under suspension and malicious damage to personal property of $10,000 or more.

When police spoke with Penson, they said he initially said he was driving then said he was not.

Police said they found the gunshot victim bleeding profusely in the backseat of the truck. A hospital employee told police she saw the truck approach from North Church Street and drive up to the front doors. Police said he told them he could not get anyone to the door.

Police said the driver got out and knocked, but then got back in the truck. The police report stated the driver left, jumping a curb and a leg could be seen hanging out of the back passenger-side window.

The truck return a few minutes later, plowing into the main entrance, police said. The doors and their framework were destroyed, estimated at $10,000 in damage, according to police.

A spokesperson for the hospital said no one inside the lobby was injured in the crash. They are asking patients and visitors to use the adjacent Montgomery lobby, which is also on E. Wood Street while the lobby is closed for repairs.

Investigators were at Penson's home on Allen Avenue near Suber Street in Spartanburg, but have not yet determined where the shooting took place.

Deputies are asking anyone with information on the shooting, about where it may have happened or who was involved, to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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