Police: Teen injured in random shooting in Five Points

CPD investigating overnight shootings on Harden Street and Lester Drive

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Two separate early morning shootings injured a teenager in Five Points and left a man who was shot in north Columbia fighting for his life.

The first shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Officers with the Five Points Team were conducting foot patrols and dispersing a crowd gathered near the Chick-fil-A when two gunshots were heard.

While this was occurring, officers received a ShotSpotter alert at a parking lot near Pine Street.

While circulating the area, officers found a 17-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the leg in front of the Chick-fil-A.

Officers rendered first aid to the victim by applying a department-issued tourniquet to the wound before EMS arrived.

The girl has been treated and released from an area hospital.

ShotSpotter ballistic evidence led officers to believe the teen was not the intended target, but rather an innocent victim of a random shooting.

In north Columbia, police say a man suffered a gunshot wound that is life threatening.
In north Columbia, police say a man suffered a gunshot wound that is life threatening. (Source: WIS)

The second shooting occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday in the 4000 block of Lester Drive.

Upon arrival, CPD found a 36-year-old man with a life-threatening injury to his upper body.

Officers rendered first aid to the victim before EMS arrived to take him to a local hospital.

Ballistic evidence was recovered from the scene and will be processed.

Citizens with information about either shooting incident you are urged to contact Crimestoppers by calling 1-888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or visiting www.midlandscrimestoppers.com or www.p3tips.com and click on the “submit a tip” tab. 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.

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