Man says he was shot during attempted robbery

Deputies respond to early morning armed robbery

COLUMBIA (WACH) â?? The Richland County Sheriffâ??s Department responded to an armed robbery this morning.

According to a Richland County Sheriff's Department spokesperson, a round 5am on Oak Crest Drive in Columbia, the victim was walking down the street when he was approached by a male suspect wearing all black. The suspect was carrying a handgun.

After a struggle ensued, the victim tried to flee the area. The suspect fired multiple shots, and hit the victim in the lower body.

The victim was transported to Palmetto Health with non-life threatening injuries.

The Richland County Sheriffâ??s Department is still investigating. Anyone with any information can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.