One person is dead after barging into a Forest Acres residence and opening fire during a home invasion late Monday night, according to Chief Gene Sealy.
The incident happened around 11:45 p.m. at 3576 Linbrook Drive, which is near Two Notch Road.
Sealy says three men went to the house and knocked on the door. As one of the occupants investigated who was at the door, the men barged into home and started firing.
Sealy described the shots as warning shots to intimidate those who were in the home. None of the occupants were hit.
"The fact that they came in and started firing weapons," said Sealy. "That is very unusual. It's now uncommon, but it is unusual. Especially for our little town."
As the suspects moved to the back of the house, one of the six young adults returned fire and killed one of the suspects.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the deceased suspect as 23-year-old DeShawn T. Patterson of Columbia. An autopsy conducted this morning shows that he died from complications of gunshot wounds to the upper body and head.
Police are still looking for two other men who ran from the home. Sealy described the remaining suspects as skinny black males. One of them is approximately 5' 8" and was wearing a camouflage jacket. The other is described as standing approximately 6' and wearing a gray hoodie.
The chief said the suspects were demanding money, but did not get away with anything.
They were last seen hopping a fence and running toward Two Notch Road. Sealy said it's possible the men were heading to a waiting vehicle.
One of the occupants was treated at the scene after being pistol-whipped. Investigators say there is no indication the people in the home knew the perpetrators.
"This is probably random," said Sealy. "This particular case goes to show you can never let your guard down."
Neighbors say the men who barged into the home likely targeted the neighborhood.
"This is a destination neighborhood," said a resident who preferred to remain anonymous. "You have to want to be here in order to drive through it's nothing that you would cut through to get to the other side, you have to know where you're going if you come through here."
"We don't have a fence around the town, so we're subject to people coming in and out all the time," said Sealy.
"Home invasion hasn't been a big problem in Forest Acres," said Sealy. "We have had some,. It's been a good while. First one that's really been violent like this."
A South Carolina Law Enforcement Division criminal history report indicates Patterson has a lengthy history of arrests dating back to 2009.
Patterson was charged with armed robbery with a deadly weapon in September, 2013. A judge granted him a $30,000 surety bond on September 12. A month later, he was charged with breach of peace and providing false information to police. He permitted to leave jail after posting a total of $1562.50 in personal recognizance bonds.
The Richland County Sheriff's Department is assisting Forest Acres Police with crime scene forensics.
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