Columbia Police report 3 die in overnight shootings

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The Columbia Police Department is investigating two deadly overnight shootings involving teenagers.

The first incident occurred shortly after midnight Saturday at 6204 Benedict Street.  A teen suspect, who turned himself in to officers at CPD Headquarters, is being questioned by investigators. Charges are pending. Initial information indicates that the teen and three friends were at the home playing video games when an argument started moments before the shooting.

The victim was shot in the head and pronounced deceased at a local hospital.

Second Incident:

The second shooting occurred shortly before 1 a.m. at 926 Johnson Avenue.

In that case, it’s believed that three teenagers requested a cab and after arriving at their destination, a teen and a Blue Ribbon cab driver argued about the fare.

Preliminary information indicates that the teen and cab driver shot each other inside of the vehicle. The two other passengers ran to safety and were not injured.

Both victims were taken to local hospitals where the teen was pronounced dead overnight and the cab driver died early this morning.

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

** Updates will be provided when additional information becomes available **

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