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APARTMENT SHOOTING DEATH
1 dead, 2 hurt in shooting at South Carolina apartment
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – One man has died and two other people have been hurt in a shooting at an apartment complex in South Carolina.
Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said 26-year-old Samir Bernard Atkins of West Columbia died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the chest.
West Columbia Assistant Police Chief Scott Morrison told news outlets that two people were hospitalized after being shot around 2 p.m. Thursday. One of the people was reported in critical condition, while the other did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Their names have not been released.
Morrison said the investigation is in its early stages. No arrests have been reported.
Morrison said it appears to have been an isolated incident and there is no danger to the community.
Sheriff: Child shot, wounded in dispute over fireworks
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) – Authorities in South Carolina say a 3-year-old girl was shot during a dispute over fireworks.
Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride tells new outlets that a group of people got angry about another group of people shooting off fireworks Thursday night. He says someone pulled out a gun and fired shots, one of which hit the child in the foot or leg.
It’s unclear to which group the shooter belonged.
The child’s injuries are believed to be not life-threatening.
Authorities are searching for two white male suspects in their late teens or early 20s. Authorities had set up a perimeter and brought in a scent-tracking dog.
CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE-CAR CRASH
Weeks after crash, candidate who ousted Mark Sanford speaks
A South Carolina Republican who ousted U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford is speaking with reporters for the first time since she was severely injured in a car wreck last month.
A spokesman for 47-year-old Katie Arrington says the state representative plans to hold a news conference Friday at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
Arrington was a passenger in a car that was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver June 22 on U.S. Highway 17 near Charleston. The woman who was driving Arrington, Jacqueline Goff, was also critically injured. The other driver, 69-year-old Helen White, was killed.
Arrington beat Sanford in South Carolina’s June 12 GOP primary. Democratic nominee Joe Cunningham suspended campaign activities for a few days following the crash and wished Arrington a full recovery.
SCE&G COAL TAR
S Carolina, federal officials to revisit coal tar in river
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – State and federal officials want a private utility to reconsider its decision to leave coal tar created when power was generated a century ago at the bottom of a South Carolina river.
The State newspaper reports the state Department of Health and Environmental Control and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers send a letter last month, saying South Carolina Electric & Gas was misleading about how to clean up the tar.
SCE&G said the Corps wouldn’t issue a permit to dam part of the Congaree River near downtown Columbia and remove the tar. Instead, the utility suggested putting fabric secured with stones on the river bottom to keep the tar in place.
The letter indicates state and federal officials are not ready to say the fabric is the final solution.
LAKE KEOWEE DEATH
South Carolina man dies after jumping in South Carolina lake
LAKE KEOWEE, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina man has died after jumping into Lake Keowee (KEE-oh-wee).
Charles King with Oconee County Emergency Services said in a news release said first responders were called to the lake shortly before 5 p.m. July 4.
King said witnesses said a man had gone under water at a “jumping off rock.” King says dive teams found the man’s body about half an hour later.
Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said in a news release that the victim was 21-year-old Vikash K. Patel of Greenville. Addis said Patel’s body was found in 19 feet (6 meters) of water.
Police: Firework explodes in man’s hands, killing him
CHERAW, S.C. (AP) – Authorities say a 24-year-old man has died in South Carolina after a fireworks tube exploded in his hands while he was holding it.
Cheraw Police Chief Keith Thomas said the explosion hit M.C. Gallion III in the chest and he immediately collapsed around 9:50 p.m. Wednesday at the Dizzy Gillespie Apartments in Cheraw.
Thomas says Gallion was holding a firework that launches in the air from a tube. Safety rules advise people to leave those fireworks on the ground and stay well away.
Thomas says someone immediately started CPR on Gallion, but he couldn’t be revived and died at the hospital.
Chesterfield County Coroner Kip Kiser says an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death for Gallion.