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Car shootout in Irmo leads to innocent driver being hit by vehicle

Officers say it all began with young people firing shots at each other from cars.

IRMO, S.C. — A car shootout between young people ended with a crash that injured two innocent people.

Irmo Police say the situation happened Sunday in the Friarsgate neighborhood in Irmo.

"There were drugs in the car and like we've seen as a trend lately, some of the crimes that we're seeing in our town have that nexus with drugs and its unfortunate that these kinds of crimes are bleeding into our community," Irmo Police Chief Courtney Dennis told News19 Thursday. 

Officers say people inside two vehicles were firing shots at each other while traveling into the neighborhood. One of the vehicle then crashed into a car that was not involved in the shootout. 

Four of the people in the suspect car that crashed car got out and ran away, while the other suspect car drove away, police say. Two people in the victim's car had to be taken to the hospital for their injuries. 

"And these young adults that are involved in these crimes, this wreckless behavior having basically a 'shootout' in a neighborhood where kids and families are present," Chief Dennis says, "it's just completely reckless and uncalled for. We've got to spend more time in our communities, having our communities involved with our kids and our young adults keeping them out of trouble."

After the crash, police say they, along with Lexington and Richland County deputies, flooded the area but didn't find the suspects. 

Officers have arrested the driver of the suspect vehicle that crashed. Investigators say they're still working to find all the other people involved. 

"These young adults were extremely reckless with their actions, and it will not be tolerated in our community,” said  Chief Courtney Dennis said in a statement Wednesday. 

If anyone has any information about this case, they are asked to call Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372).