Suspect from weekend murder on the run


COLUMBIA (WACH)- A 32- year-old man is wanted for murder.

According to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, at about 11:30 Saturday night Michael Vann shot and killed Cedric L. Blackwell, 23, shooting him multiple times in the upper body. Lott said the two had an ongoing feud, and had been fighting earlier in the day.

Lott said Deputies on patrol in the area heard gunshots. When they arrived on the address, they found Blackwell lying in the street in the 1300 block of Piney Grove Road. Blackwell was taken to Palmetto Health Richland where he was pronounced dead.

Vann is described as a black man about 6 feet tall, and weighs about 190 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call, text or submit online, their anonymous tip to Crimestoppers in any of the following ways:

CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.

TEXT to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with "TIPSC," followed by the tip information.

LOG onto:, and click on the red "Submit a tip" tab.

Tipsters could earn a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.