RCSD releases identity of suspect in deadly shooting at Bush River Road bar as search continues

Published: Aug. 27, 2019 at 4:22 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is still searching for the suspect connected with a shooting that killed two people and injured two others at a bar on Bush River Road.

Officials said 26-year-old Ernest Bethel is wanted on two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

The shooting took place on August 22 around 2:15 a.m.

According to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts, 29-year-old Tolliver Wise and 35-year-old Christopher Lott.

If you have any information regarding Bethel’s whereabouts, you are urged to contact Crimestoppers by calling 1-888-CRIME SC (888-274-6372) or visiting or 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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