One dead; two injured - Police search for suspects after two Barnwell shootings
A Barnwell man is dead and two others are injured after two separate shootings over the weekend.
Police and EMS were dispatched Aug. 10 around 1 a.m. after an unresponsive man was discovered on the ground in front of a Clinton Street home near the Maple Glen Apartments. "He was bleeding and not breathing" and was declared dead when EMS arrived, said Barnwell Police Chief Todd Gantt.
Barnwell County Coroner Lloyd Ward identified the victim as 31-year-old Artist Weathersbee. He died of "one gunshot wound to the chest," said Ward.
In statements to police, several individuals said they heard three gunshots 30 to 40 minutes before Weathersbee's body was discovered, but did not call 911, said Gantt.
No suspects have been named, but Gantt said they are following some leads.
Later the same day, gunshots rang out just before 11:30 p.m. at the Big T Night Club on Marlboro Avenue after a fight inside the club.
As two male victims were leaving in a car, the unidentified suspect, who also had gone to his car, "fired a number of rounds inside the vehicle," said Gantt. Both victims were hit once.
A club security guard shot at the suspect, though it's unclear if he was hit. The suspect fled the scene and has not been caught as of press time.
The victims were treated at Southern Palmetto Hospital - formerly Barnwell County Hospital - one was shot in the hand and the other in his side. They have both been released, said Gantt.
Gantt said they have the name of a suspect, but can't release it right now since the case has been handed over to the State Law Enforcement Division.
Anyone with information should call the Barnwell Police Department at (803) 259-1838 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-274-6372.
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