RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Richland County Sheriff's Department is tracking down leads but has so far been unable to make arrests in the fatal shootings of a Columbia couple Thursday night.
Coroner Gary Watts says Sydni Collins, 46, and her husband Aaron Collins, 41, both died of gunshots to the upper body. The two were shot to death shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday night on Parklane Road at Claudia Drive near Columbia Place Mall.
The couple appears to have been riding one of two motorcycles that had stopped at the intersection. Investigators say the two were attacked along with a third motorcyclist, a man in his late 40s.
He is believed to have suffered non-life threatening injuries but was not hit by the gunshots. Video of the crime scene shows as many as 17 markers on the ground, possibly indicating the locations of spent shell casings.
Authorities are looking into so far unconfirmed reports the bikers were assaulted by several men who pulled up in a dark colored SUV.
The couple's Facebook pages show they met at a motorcycle show in 2002. Friends have posted tributes, one calling the Collins' "two of the greatest people you ever wanted to know."
Shortly before the gunshots, sheriff's deputies had been notified of a disturbance at a restaurant and bar a short distance from the crime scene. It is not clear whether that incident is connected to the shootings.
Details remain very limited at this time as investigators work to determine what happened. Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crimestoppers in any of the following ways:
PHONE: Call 1-888-CRIME SC (888-274-6372)
TEXT: TIPSC plus your tip info to CRIMES (274637)
ONLINE: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and email a tip.
Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.