Man dies after shooting earlier this month, deputies ask for help from public

The death of a man who was shot in his home earlier this month has prompted Lexington County Sheriff’s detectives to ask the public for assistance in what’s been re-categorized as a homicide investigation. The death was announced in a release from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Tuesday.

57-year-old David Washington, known to many as “John Jr.,” was injured when multiple shots were fired into his Sumter Street home in West Columbia on Jan. 8, according to investigators. Washington had been in the hospital until his death on Jan. 27.

“Detectives have been working hard on this case since it happened,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “We canvassed the neighborhood that morning and have been developing and following leads ever since.”

Koon said investigators believe several people have information that could provide a major break in the case and he encouraged them to come forward.

“Crimestoppers is the best way to share information with us,” Koon said. “They never take your name and you could receive up to $1,000 if your tip leads to an arrest.”

To submit an anonymous tip to Crimestoppers, call 888-CRIME-SC or text “TIPSC” along with your message to CRIMES (274637).

Original report of the shooting from Jan. 8:

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting that happened in West Columbia early Sunday morning.

The shooting occurred around 5 a.m. on the 600 block of Sumter street, according to the LCSD. One man was shot in the home. He was in critical condition, according to the latest report.

Evidence has been collected at the scene and deputies are still conducting interviews.

The victim is male in his fifties.





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