Drive-by Gunfire Hit Car with Child Inside

Columbia, SC (WLTX) – Richland County Deputies are investigating a drive-by shooting that happened in a Columbia neighborhood around 7 p.m. Sunday evening.

No one was injured in the incident

"It was pretty rough last night because I had people sitting on the porch and they ran in the house," said Bernetha Addison, who said she had lived in her home on Chartel Circle near Monticello Road for 30 years.

Addison said she has never, in that time, seen anything like what happened Sunday evening. The shooting took place just a few houses down from where she lives.

Deputies said the three people inside the home at the time of the shooting were not injured, and neither was the mother sitting in a car outside with her child.

Addison said she was home with other family members and a friend when people sitting on the porch in front of her house heard gunshots.

She said they came running inside, asking her if she heard the gunshots.

"I told them 'no, I was back in the kitchen,'" she recalled. "A little while later, I said 'well can anybody call the police?'"

Richland Deputies say a burgundy vehicle initially drove by the Chartel Circle home, then drove by a second time with its lights off, and that's when deputies say shots were fired by someone inside the car. Addison said the car drove by her home and used a cul-de-sac to turn around before finally leaving the neighborhood.

She says she's now uncomfortable in her own community.

"It's been pretty good for the past several years," Addison said. "After that shooting last night, I don't know."

Addison was home with her great granddaughter at the time, and said thinking of her neighbors just a few houses down from her own is something not easy to swallow.

"The lady, I understand that she got (sic) some little kids, too, but I feel for her kids, too," Addison said, "just like they're mine, too, even though I don't know them.

Deputies said they are still investigating the shooting and do not yet have a motive.

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to 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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