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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC - Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott announces that investigators have identified a wanted suspect accused of shooting a man at a local restaurant this summer.

CPD Investigators have outstanding arrest warrants for Billy Jo Downs, Junior (DOB: 1-18-1990).

Once arrested, he is expected to be charged with Attempted Murder, Attempted Armed Robbery, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Violent Crime and Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Conveyance.

On July 21, 2012, Downs is accused of approaching the victim with a handgun and demanding money in the parking lot of the Cook Out restaurant in Five Points.

The victim was sitting in a vehicle at the time.

As the victim attempted to drive away from the suspect, Downs allegedly pointed the gun at the victim and vehicle and pulled the trigger.

A bullet grazed the victim’s shoulder. The victim was treated and released from a local hospital.

Downs is a former employee of the Cook Out restaurant.

It is believed that he has connections to the Greenville/Spartanburg area.

Chief Scott encourages citizens with information about this incident or Down’s whereabouts, 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: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, 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.

If you, or someone you know, have any information regarding any crime, you are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers. You could earn a reward up to $1,000.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crimestoppers by calling 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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