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Saturday, November 16, 2013

COLUMBIA, SC - Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago encourages citizens to call CRIMESTOPPERS if they have information regarding two shooting death investigations.

The first deadly shooting occurred shortly before 9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2013 at the 700 block of Martha Street.

Three males were shot at the location; one died as a result of his injuries while the other two continue to receive medical treatment at a local hospital.

Preliminary information suggests that the victims were outside of the residence at the time of the shooting.

Investigators are talking with possible witnesses and continue to follow several leads.

The second deadly shooting occurred at the 2500 block of Bailey Street shortly before 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013.

Responding CPD Officers found the male victim unresponsive on the ground. He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

Preliminary information suggests that the victim may have been involved in an argument moments before the shooting.

CPD continues to determine the motives for both shootings and the circumstances leading up to the incidents.

At this time, CPD Officers do not have information to suggest that both cases are connected, however the investigations continue.

The Richland County Coroner’s Office is assisting with both investigations.

Chief Santiago encourages citizens with information about these incidents to call, text or submit online, their anonymous tip to Crimestoppers.

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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