Two Hopkins residents dead after apparent assault, coroner releases names
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released the names of two individuals who died after being involved in an apparent assault. The incident occurred Wednesday night between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m. on the 1300 block of Whispering Pines Road, in Columbia.
Jasmine Richardson, 24, of Wishmore Court, Hopkins, died at the scene. An autopsy Thursday morning indicated the cause of death was due to homicidal violence. According to the coroner’s report, more specific information is still being withheld at this time due to the ongoing investigation of the incident.
Brennan M. Montgomery, 25, of Ault Road, Hopkins, was transported from the scene by Richland County EMS and taken to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital. He died at 12:14 a.m. Thursday morning. An autopsy indicated that the cause of death was due to gunshot wounds to the upper body.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident.