Suspect arrested in Willow Run Apartments shooting

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia police say Brandon McLaughlin, the suspect in a shooting at the Willow Run Apartments, turned himself in this afternoon with his lawyer.

McLaughlin is being charged with assault and battery with intent to kill for shooting.

Brick Lewis with the Columbia Police Department says police responded to the shooting at 4:10pm Saturday, July 19 and found a male who was shot multiple times. The victim was taken to Palmetto Health Richland. He is currently in stable condition.

Mitch Dawson is friends with the victim.

"It was just a big shock to hear that someone I'm with on a daily basis had suffered from gun wounds," Dawson said.

Dawson says he was hanging out with his friend just hours before the shooting took place.

Police say the 20-year-old friend was shot multiple times in the parking lot of the apartment complex.

"Until he comes back out of recovery and I'm able to hear his side of the story, I don't know exactly what happened," Dawson said.

A woman who lives in a second floor apartment said she saw at least part of the shooting happen. She said the victim ran to the back of this dumpster to try to hide from the shooter. She says the shooter caught up with him, shot him once in the back, and then took off running down the parking lot.

"I thought it was loud knocks on the door, and I opened the door, but it was people running past, and it was a lot of commotion," the woman said.

She says neighbors rushed to the victim's aid until an ambulance arrived.

Dawson says while his friend recovers, he hopes someone will come forward to let police know who shot his friend.

"I'm not asking for anybody to be a snitch, as to say, but if you know something i'd be good , you don't have to give your name or anything, but let somebody know something about what happened," Dawson said.

Reported by Jordan Sandler

Posted by Jeremy Turnage