Manhunt for killer in Kershaw

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2 shot in moving car, but 4-year-old boy with them escapes unhurt

By Kayla Vaughn and Mark Manicone

Two people were shot, one fatally, while riding in a car just north of Kershaw early Thursday afternoon, causing the lockdown of two nearby schools as deputies conducted a manhunt for the shooter.
“Right now, I just don’t want to guess at what happened,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile, still supervising the search at press time. “We’re processing everything, trying to piece it all together.”

The victim who died was 30-year-old Vincent Lambert Jr. of Lexington, according to a statement Thursday night from Deputy Coroner Jennifer Collins.
Deputies responded to Pine Ridge Drive off Fork Hill Road just after 1 p.m., according to a sheriff’s statement. They found three people in a 2008 Nissan Altima stopped in the roadway.
The female driver and the male passenger both had gunshot wounds, the statement said. A 4-year-old boy in the car was not hurt.
The woman was taken by Lancaster County EMS to a hospital for treatment. Her condition was unknown at press time, and her name had not been released. The man later identified as Lambert died at the scene, said Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese. The child was placed in the care of relatives.
“It’s always very sad when you work any death,” Deese said. “It’s even sadder that someone else is injured, but every now and then you find the silver lining to the cloud. A child that was also involved came out completely unscathed.”
Investigators believe someone shot at the car as it traveled on Pine Ridge Drive, according to the sheriff’s statement.  
No one had been arrested by 6 p.m. Thursday. Law officers and crime-scene investigators remained on the scene.
Members of the county’s Specialized Tactics and Resources (STAR) team were combing the area for the suspected shooter, and a tracking dog was brought in.
“Everybody is working hard,” Faile said. “We’re doing everything we can to find and bring the person to justice. Our prayers go out to the other victim and the families.”

AJ lockdown
Andrew Jackson Middle and High schools were locked down at 2:10 p.m. because of the shooting, according to the Lancaster County School District.
Parents were notified of the lockdowns via the Remind app.
“We got notification of a crime that occurred in the community involving a shooting,” said Bryan Vaughn, LCSD safety director. “Because of the proximity and nature, we thought it was in the best interest to lock down the schools based on information from law enforcement.
“The main thing that parents need to know is that it’s precautionary in nature,” he said.
Students were dismissed normally at 3:30 p.m. with extra deputies on scene for increased security. The lockdowns were lifted once all students and faculty left the campuses.
Anyone with information about this incident should call the sheriff’s office at (803) 283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers in one of the following ways: dial 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab, or download the P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.