3 Sought in Connection with USC Student's Shooting

7:00 PM, Oct 18, 2013   |    comments
  • Images of the men police say they want to find. (Picture courtesy the Columbia Police Dept.)
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia police want to find three people who may have information in last weekend's shooting of a University of South Carolina student in Five Points.

Officers released surveillance pictures of the three men they're looking for late Friday afternoon.

According to Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago, the men may have witnessed the crime and could be able to provide information. Officers also think the men may have gotten into an argument with the suspect in the shooting, 20-year-old Michael Juan Smith.

Smith is accused of shooting 18-year-old Martha Childress around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in Five Points. Officers say she was an innocent bystander who got hit by a stray bullet. Previous Coverage: Shooting Victim's Uncle Speaks Out Fund Set Up for USC Student | USC President Says Five Points Not Safe After Midnight

Childress suffered a spinal injury in the shooting and remains in the hospital. The shooting has led to calls for security changes in the popular nightlife and shopping district.

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com. You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.


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