Brother: Suspect, victim in domestic violence shooting had 'rock - - Columbia, South Carolina

Brother: Suspect, victim in domestic violence shooting had 'rocky' relationship

Christopher Justin Lewis Lloyd (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Christopher Justin Lewis Lloyd (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

The man accused of shooting his girlfriend at a Columbia apartment complex appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Christopher Lloyd, 21, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime. Police say the shooting stemmed from a domestic argument at Harbison Gardens apartments near Columbiana Mall.

Lloyd remains in jail at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. His brother says Lloyd is a good person but admits he and his girlfriend had a rocky relationship.

"They had a weird relationship," P.W. Ferguson said. "They had their own love."

Ferguson says for the past eight months, Lloyd and his girlfriend would go through tough times.

"They would argue all the time, but I don't think he would've shot her in the head on purpose," Ferguson said.

But right now investigators are not sure if it was on purpose or not. Lloyd's girlfriend survived but remains in critical condition.

"I was in the first room, so I heard everything. I heard the gunshot and I heard my brother say, 'help me,'" Ferguson said.

Records show Lloyd has two prior domestic violence charges, one where he was convicted. Sara Barber from SCCADVASA says this may not have been the first time Lloyd got physical with his girlfriend.

"It's very unusual for this to be an isolated incident," Barber said. "Usually it follows for months or years of an ongoing lower levels of physical violence or emotional violence or control."

If you're a victim of domestic violence, help is available. 

"What we encourage people to do is reach out to your local domestic violence organization," Barber said. "Often times people think that you have to go in an emergency shelter but that is not always the case. Shelter is available, but they have many other services that can help you find a path to safety." 

Some of those services include counseling, legal, or medical advocacy. But support for victims comes through all avenues, including bystanders.

"Listen to them, believe them, stress how important it is for them to find a safety plan for themselves," Barber said.

Bond was not set for Christopher Lloyd on Tuesday and he will make another court appearance Wednesday morning.

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