Victims killed in Richland Co. shooting identified by coroner

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Published: Apr. 12, 2022 at 11:55 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2022 at 9:57 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Richland County Sheriff’s Department deputies are investigating a shooting that left two dead and another injured at a Columbia apartment complex Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened at the Creekside at Huntington apartments in the 7600 block of Hunt Club Road, which is off Decker Boulevard.

The Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford has identified the victims as Richard M. Boineau, 50, and Lance M. Scott, 42, both of Columbia.

“We will continue working with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department to fully investigate this shooting,” Rutherford said.

Deputies were called around 10 a.m. for a report of a person shot. When deputies arrived, they found three individuals with gunshot wounds.

Boineau and Scott were pronounced dead at the scene. A third victim was rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

Neighbors who live at the complex are shaken up.

“It’s a shocking situation,” Destiny McCombs said. “For the moment it doesn’t hit you but then when it’s going later in the day you’re like, ‘Dang, it’s really close to home.’ You’re concerned for your family. Nobody deserves to die that way. That’s cruel and evil.”

There was an active law enforcement presence at the complex throughout the day Tuesday. Crime-scene tape blocked off the main entrance to the complex, and the scene cleared by 4:30 p.m.

Multiple neighbors told WIS there’s one particular building where they often hear arguing and fighting. McCombs said she has heard some altercations, but never thought it would lead to this.

“I know it just be like, I hear them argue a lot but I never go and see what it’s about,” she said. “But there are a lot of altercations over there. Yea, but I don’t stop to see what it’s about because that’s not my business.”

McCombs believes there should be an increased police presence in the area in light of the incident.

“I just feel like they should have police patrolling the area to make sure that nothing is going on even if it’s like one police in the morning, midday or at night.”

RCSD has not yet identified any suspects, or said if anyone is in custody.

The shooting comes following an early March incident on Kneece Road which left a 14-year-old dead. That location is less than two miles from the Creekside at Huntington apartments.

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