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3 shooting incidents in 30 hours

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By Chris Sardelli

Three men were shot this weekend in an apparent drive-by shooting along S.C. 9 Bypass, though investigators are still searching for suspects in that incident and two others as well.

According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release issued Monday, Aug. 25, deputies responded to Springs Memorial Hospital at 3:50 a.m. Saturday Aug. 23, after three men with gunshot wounds arrived at the emergency room.

When they arrived, deputies found two 20-year-old men and a 21-year-old man all suffering from gunshot wounds. Two of the men had wounds in their extremities and were in stable condition, though the third man was listed in critical condition and flown to a different hospital, the release said.

It was unknown Tuesday which hospital the third man was taken to for treatment.

The victims told investigators they had just left the Waffle House, 1300 S.C. 9 Bypass, after a disturbance there and were headed south along the bypass.

As they approached the Chesterfield Avenue/Flat Creek Road (S.C. 903) exit, the men said an unknown person in a SUV drove up beside them and started shooting at their car, the release said.

All three were shot and drove themselves to the emergency room.

Deputies later learned that Lancaster Police Department officers had been called to the restaurant to break up a crowd just before the shooting incident, the release said.

The sheriff’s office did not have any further information Tuesday, Aug. 26, and the status of all three victims is unknown.

The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information about those responsible for the shooting to call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-3388 or contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime SC (1-888-274-6372). You can also e-mail or text your anonymous tip to: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com. 

Other gun incidents

There were two other gun-related incidents in Lancaster during the weekend, including an incident where a man reported he was robbed and shot at.

Police officers arrived at the 400 block of E. Arch Street at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, and spoke with a 25-year-old Lancaster man who said earlier that morning an acquaintance robbed him at gunpoint and later shot at him, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

The victim said he and his girlfriend were inside a Willow Oak Circle home hanging out with friends shortly before the incident. He and the man then walked to his car at about 3 a.m. when the man suddenly said “you know what’s up” and pulled out a handgun, the report said. 

The victim was forced to give the man his jewelry, wallet, $82, car keys, and was then forced to strip naked, the report said.

After the robbery, the victim was able to run through a back door to the home and tell everyone he had just been robbed. The homeowners gave the victim some clothing and let him use their phone. 

When the victim went outside to call his brother for a ride, the man who robbed him returned in a black Lincoln. 

He reported that the man jumped out of the car and began shooting at him, though the victim was able to run and hide behind a nearby house, the report said. 

Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said Tuesday, Aug. 26 that warrants have been issued for a man in the case, though the man’s name and the charges were not available by press time Tuesday. 

The next day, in a separate incident, officers responded at 10:39 p.m. to the 700 block of Sowell Street about a report of shots fired, according to a police department incident report. 

When officers arrived, they noticed a large group of people arguing in the middle of Hampton Road, though officers were able to separate them and calm them down. 

A 43-year-old woman told officers they were having a cookout with family and friends when her son started getting loud. She told him to keep it down, but he became angry and left the house, the report said.

Officers spoke with another man from the party who saw the mother and son arguing, and then saw the son leave the party. 

He reported that several minutes later he thought he saw the son in the parking lot of Deliverance Word of Faith Church firing a gun into the air, though he wasn’t sure if it was the same man. 

Police searched the area, but did not find the man or any shell casings, the report said. The case remains active, though Grant did not have any additional information about the case on Tuesday. 

 

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416