Columbia Police identify suspect accused of shooting at victim in road rage incident

CPD provided booking photo.

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook announced Monday that investigators have identified a suspect accused of shooting a man, following an argument on a heavily traveled roadway.

Officers have outstanding warrants for Javaris Hammonds Blanks, 30. Once located and arrested, he will be charged with attempted murder, and possession of a weapon during commission of a violent crime, according to CPD.

Hammonds Blanks is accused of arguing with a male acquaintance and displaying a gun while driving along the 400 block of Greystone Boulevard, near the I-16 overpass on April 12. According to police, as the victim got out of the vehicle to run to safety, Hammonds Blanks allegedly fired multiple rounds at him. No one was injured during the incident. A witness provided valuable information to CPD officers to aid the investigation.

Crime scene investigators also collected evidence from the incident.

Citizens with information regarding Hammonds Blanks’s whereabouts are encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC, or visit midlandscrimestoppers.com.

Categories: Columbia, Crime, Richland County

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