16-year-old arrested in fatal Columbia shooting, sheriff’s department says

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A 16-year-old male has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in northwest Columbia Thursday night, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

The shooting happened shortly after 7:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Mandel Drive, a residential street located off of Broad River Road, near Pine Grove Elementary School.

The Richland County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Austin Morgan of Lexington, South Carolina.

Morgan, 19, was shot while driving away away from an abandoned residence after a confrontation with a group of individuals on the street, the sheriff’s department said in a statement.

He crashed the vehicle into a nearby fence and was found lying in front of a mailbox with two gunshot wounds to his body, according to the statement. Morgan was taken to a local hospital where he later died, the sheriff’s department said.

The name of the suspect has not been released.