One dead, four injured in two weekend Allendale shootings

Two weekend shootings left one person dead and four others injured in Allendale, according to law enforcement officials.

The first shooting occurred on Saturday, August 5 around 2:10 a.m. Allendale police officers were on patrol in the 1600 block of North Main Street when they heard several gunshots that they believed were coming from the parking lot of a nearby business.

“Police then observed a lot of activity in the parking lot area,” according to a Facebook post.

As backup officers from the Allendale and Fairfax police departments along with the Allendale County Sheriff’s Office arrived to help in the investigation, officers learned that an argument took place between several people which led to the shooting. One person was injured and transported to the hospital, although his identity has not been released.

Later that evening at 8:27 p.m., Allendale police were dispatched to the 300 block of Ellis Street for a report of a person who was shot in the leg. However, the victim had already been transported to the hospital by a private vehicle, according to another Facebook post.

“The incident began some time earlier as a dispute between two people. There were two groups of people that met in the 300 block of Ellis Street Saturday night. That led to a confrontation around 8:30 p.m. in which four people were hit by gunfire,” said Thom Berry, spokesman for the State Law Enforcement Division, which was requested to conduct the investigation.

The victims were transported to the Allendale County Hospital where one of them died. Attempts to reach Allendale County Coroner Marion Riley for the victim’s name were unsuccessful.

The other three victims were later transported to Augusta University Medical Center in Augusta, Ga. “One had what was believed to be non-life threatening injuries. The other two were more serious,” said Berry.

Berry said the name of the deceased would have to come from the coroner, but he identified the other victims as Kyheem Kalid Smith, 18, of Allendale; Jeffrey Robinson Jr., 23, of Columbia; and a 16-year-old juvenile. "I have no information on conditions or which, if any, are still hospitalized," he said.

“We’re still in the early part of the investigation as we’re still gathering information,” said Berry of the Ellis Street shooting. No arrests have been made in either shooting case.