***UPDATED at 5:18 P.M. on Wednesday, March 30th***
Lexington County, SC (WJBF) – We have learned that a suspect has been arrested in connection to several vehicles being shot from an I-20 overpass in Lexington County early Wednesday morning. One person was injured by gunfire.
Our Renetta DuBose is working to find out more information and she will have a full report at 6:00 p.m.
***UPDATED at 3:30 P.M. on Wednesday, March 30th***
Lexington County, SC (WJBF) – Security is on high alert in Lexington County this evening after someone fired shots from an overpass into vehicles traveling on Interstate 20.
People who live in the area are upset and shocked at this shooting. Many of them travel the Quattlebaum Rd.overpass and I-20 often.
John Harris Jr. was driving to his mother’s place on I-20 to deliver dog food when he saw law enforcement cars.
“Could have been me easily that could have got shot or could have died,” he said stating he travels the area all the time.
Neighbors in one Lexington County community are still trying to wrap their minds around someone shooting at cars on I-20.
Leesville resident Gary Alveshire is a truck driver who uses the interstate all the time too.
“Some people just go through phases when they’re crazy. I just hope they catch the people who done it and make an example out of them,” he said.
The shootings happened on the Quattlebaum Rd. I-20 overpass during overnight hours early Wednesday morning.
Capt. Adam Myrick, with Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, said it was after midnight and before dawn. “Multiple shots fired. Multiple vehicles struck. One of the individuals in one of the vehicles was hit. That individual was transported to a local hospital.”
Capt. Myrick added the shooter was on the bridge shooting at cars heading eastbound towards Columbia, South Carolina.
Alveshire added, “People used to throw rocks off the bridge. Someone threw one at our truck a long time ago. That scares me to think that they’ve moved up to guns.”
“I’m kind of with this gun regulations and stuff because it’s just senseless. I understand protecting your house and your home, but just out here in the general public, that don’t make no sense,” Harris told us.
The area near Quattlebaum Rd. is mainly rural. So, the Sheriff’s Office does not have access to surveillance video from businesses. What investigators are hoping for is tips from the public.
“During those overnight hours, things are going to sound a particular way out here. Life as normal is going to feel a particular way. We know those who live out here or perhaps they traveled through here for whatever reason, we know that they very likely might have seen or heard something. If it struck them as unusual, we would like to hear from them,” Capt. Myrick said.
The individual shot is OK. Capt. Myrick said security has increased in the area, so it is safe to drive. Anyone with information should call 1- 888-CRIME SC.
The following release was sent out by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department:
A search is underway for a shooter after gunshots were fired into cars from a bridge above Interstate 20 in southwest Lexington County.
Lexington County Sheriff’s Department investigators said multiple gunshots were fired from the Quattlebaum Road bridge over I-20 during the overnight hours early Wednesday. Multiple eastbound vehicles were struck.
A State Transport Police officer discovered one gunshot wound victim after checking on a car that was parked along I-20. The individual is in stable condition after being transported to a local hospital.
Lexington County deputies, State Troopers and State Transport Police officers plan to conduct increased patrols in the area around the bridge and along I-20.
Anyone with information about this case should call Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC. Anonymous tips can be submitted at www.LexingtonSheriff.com.
***UPDATED at 12:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 30th***
Lexington County, SC (WJBF) – We have learned some more information on gunshots being fired from an I-20 overpass overnight.
According to Captain Adam Myrick, with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, multiple vehicles were hit by multiple gunshots which reported originated from Quattlebaum Bridge. The cars hit were traveling in the eastbound lanes, toward Columbia, South Carolina.
One person was injured by the gunfire, and is now in a local hospital. That person is expected to be okay.
The suspect is still at large, according to Capt. Myrick. Also, there is no description of the suspect, at this time.
“Those who live out here may have heard something unusual. We’d like to hear from them today,” Capt. Myrick told us.
This is a pretty rural area, so the options for video cameras on commercial buildings are slim.
Security has been beefed up so it is safe to travel.
The investigation into the gunfire is still ongoing.
Count on WJBF News Channel 6’s Renetta DuBose to provide more information throughout the day from the search area.
***POSTED at 10:33 A.M. on Wednesday, March 30th***
Lexington County, SC (WOLO) — The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is on the hunt for a suspect who reportedly shot someone in a car on I-20 from an overpass.
According to WOLO, in Columbia, deputies with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department say the suspect fired multiple gunshots at cars on I-20 overnight, hitting someone in one of the cars.
Officials say the incident happened on the Quattlebaum Bridge.
One person in a vehicle was reportedly shot and transported to a local hospital.
At the time of this posting, the victim is listed in stable condition, authorities say.
Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to please call CRIMESTOPPERS at 888-274-6372.
We have a crew on the way to the scene and we will provide more details as they become available.