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Arrest made in deadly Hardscrabble Road shooting

Deputies have arrested a 19-year-old after a deadly shooting on Hardscrabble Road Friday afternoon.

RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. — Richland County deputies have made an arrest after a deadly shooting on the county's north side on Friday afternoon.

Nineteen-year-old Jordan White is charged with murder, attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and possession of a stolen pistol. 

According to a spokesperson for the department, the call came in the 4400 block of Hardscrabble Road - just north of Clemson Road. 

The sheriff's department said that, around 1:10 p.m., deputies responded to shots fired in the area followed by another that a person had been struck. That person was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Richland County Coroner's Office has since identified the victim as 22-year-old Malik T. Gray of Columbia.

No narrative information was provided, but the sheriff's department said that there doesn't appear to be any threat to the community. 

The shooting happened in the northeastern part of the county between the Sandhill community and Blythewood not far from a busy intersection with multiple businesses. It also occurred a short distance from two area schools - Ridge View High School and Rice Creek Elementary.

A spokesperson for the school district said that Ridge View was operating under a "lockout" protocol - meaning no one could enter or exit the school while law enforcement was investigating the incident that happened off-campus. Otherwise, classes were underway as normal inside.

Rice Creek Elementary wasn't impacted since it had been operating on a half-day schedule and students weren't there when the off-campus investigation began.  

The shooting is still under investigation and the sheriff's department is urging anyone with additional information to contact Midlands CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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