COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County Deputies are investigating a shooting that occurred Sunday afternoon, where the coroner says two people have died as a result.
The Richland County Coroner’s Office confirms that two people were shot and killed at this location, identifying the pair as 23-year-old James Antheny McDowell, and Tyren D. Williams, who would have turned 2 on Oct. 3. The pair were father and son.
Officers say they were dispatched to the 100 block of Beatty Downs Road for an unresponsive man who was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. The man was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“Everybody is crowding around outside and they were talking, about a guy outside laying on the sidewalk screaming for help and they were saying that he got shot and that’s all they knew so I went back inside.” “The hair sitting up on the back of your neck, so not knowing what’s going on, why it happened, where the guy is that did it,” said a man who says he was working on a house next door during the shooting.
The child was found shot inside the home and was pronounced dead at the scene.
During a media briefing Monday, the sheriff’s department called their deaths a tragedy and is pleading with the public for help in this case. If you have any information about this crime, the sheriff’s department is asking that you call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
When asked if it may have been gang related, the sheriff’s department investigator said it’s too early to tell, but they are exploring all possible options. Investigators do believe the shooting happened inside of the home.
Tyreen was visiting with his father for the week.
Investigators would not release much information, including the number of shots fired, if anyone else was located in the residence during or after the shooting, or if any weapons were recovered from the home.
“We’re here and we’re ready to listen to anybody in the community with information and we don’t want them to be reluctant in any way. We’re here to do one thing and that’s solve the murders,” said Lieutenant Kevin Isenhoward with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
The investigation is still ongoing, check back for more updates.