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Man arrested in connection with shooting of Newberry woman

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Published: Apr. 10, 2022 at 12:07 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 14, 2022 at 11:23 PM EDT
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NEWBERRY, S.C. (WIS) - Deputies with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a shooting which left a 36-year-old woman in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds.

Henry Khalik Richardson, 20, was taken into custody Thursday for the offenses of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

The woman was found in a ditch on a rural stretch of road near the intersection of Brown Chapel Road and Drayton Street, just beyond railroad tracks. This is located in the Helena area, just west of the city of Newberry.

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said this is a bizarre and rare case because the location where the woman was found is deserted and there were no known witnesses.

“It’s a remote area,” he said. “You go half a mile down the road you got houses. You go half a mile down the road the other way you got houses. But in that particular area, there’s really nothing there.”

Foster said investigators are currently trying to build a timeline to determine where this woman was throughout the evening on Saturday, which would lead up to when she was shot.

The Sheriff’s Office said that the victim called 911 shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday night.

When a deputy arrived, she had multiple gunshot wounds to the torso. The deputy began life-saving measures along with Newberry County Rescue and EMS.

The victim was medevacked to a nearby hospital. As of Monday morning, she’s “still fighting,” according to Foster.

The nearest neighbor, who lives a couple hundred yards away, said he didn’t see or hear anything. The first thing he saw were blue lights when deputies responded.

Foster said there was very little physical evidence at the scene.

WIS asked Foster if there was a car nearby when deputies responded. He said there was not, and the victim does not own one.

Deputies are still working to determine if this incident was targeted, and whether the victim was shot at the scene in a drive-by or was placed there.

Sheriff Foster praises the life-saving actions of the first arriving Deputy, EMS, Newberry Rescue, and Medical Helicopter that went toward saving the life of the 36-year-old female, who has now been able to communicate with investigators.

“Then be able to hopefully glean some information from her that’ll help us bring this dastardly person to justice,” he said. “This is just, shooting people like this has just gotten completely out of hand. And we want to get somebody to justice, whatever justice is today.”

Mike Robinson, who was born and raised in Newberry, said nothing like this happened when he was growing up.

“I never thought it would happen in Newberry, but that’s the way it goes,” he said. “That’s the sign of the times now. Things are just bad.”

Richardson is being detained at the Newberry County Detention Center. He went before a Magistrate Thursday, and his bond was denied on the charges.

He will have to go before a general sessions judge for a bond.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this shooting to contact its office directly at 803-321-2222 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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