Forest Acres Police investigate gunfire near local business

Gunfire in Forest Acres

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Gunfire rang out in the heart of Forest Acres earlier Wednesday night, and now one person is in custody.

Several Forest Acres police officers and other first responders were called after 6 p.m. to Troy’s Cutting Edge near the corner of Forest Drive and Beltline Blvd. Initial investigation revealed that an argument started between a barber and customer.

The customer went outside to his vehicle and retrieved a handgun from his vehicle, while the barber pulled his own handgun inside the business. There was an exchange of gunfire between both parties. No one was injured.

Tommy Brazzell, who works across the street at the Corner Pantry Shell gas station, said it was alarming to hear a gun being fired so many times.

"It happened outside because the muffle was so - it bounced off that building and I thought somebody was shooting in the parking lot. It was like five or six gunshots across the street. It was real loud. And I went I looked and I called 9-1-1 and they sent several cop cars, an ambulance, and a fire truck,” Brazzell said.

At this time, no charges have been filed pending further review and interviews of suspects and witnesses. FAPD has been in contact with the Solicitor’s Officer regarding this matter.

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