9 people shot at, dog killed in Columbia shootout


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- The Richland County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspects wanted for nine counts of attempted murder and animal cruelty.

On August 5, just after 6 a.m. deputies responded to a shots fired call at a home on 412 Miriam Avenue.

Upon arrival deputies located nine victims ranging from three to 48-years-old (two males and seven females).

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that unknown suspects fired multiple shots at the home striking several vehicles and the home in the process.

Shots fired inside of the home struck the family pet killing him as he sat next to a nine-year-old boy.

The Sheriff stated that the dog possibly saved the child's life and that these suspects must be taken off of the streets and locked up.

He also stated that the crime does not appear to be a random act of violence and is asking for assistance in locating the suspects who are responsible.

To receive up to $1000 for information leading up to the person's responsible please leave an anonymous tip by calling Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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