Drive-by shootings continue; 5 total wounded

WINNSBORO – Two more drive-by shootings since Friday, Aug. 5 – making 10 since April 21 – and an apparent non-drive-by shooting on Sunday have left at least five people suffering non-life threatening bullet wounds.

The drive-by shooting on Friday, Aug 5, occurred just after school had dismissed for the day, according to Winnsboro Department of Public Safety (WDPS) Chief John Seibles.

“Several juveniles walking home from school had stopped at the entrance to Chatham Forest subdivision and were sitting on the Chatham Forest sign when a gray vehicle drove down Ninth Street headed for the bypass and fired several shots, hitting two of the young men,” Seibles said.

One teen was shot in the left leg and the other was shot in the right leg.

“I think both the victims are only 13 years old,” Seibles said.

“We interviewed several of the teens who were at the entrance with the victims,” Seibles said. “The injuries were not life-threatening, and both have been released from the hospital.

”Both young men who were shot said they did not recognize the shooters,” Seibles said. “We’ve not been able to confirm how many were in the vehicle, but we have a suspect and are working on that now.”

Second Shooting, Same Place

The Sunday shooting, which happened at about 6:38 p.m. – also in Chatham Forest subdivision – didn’t appear to be a drive-by shooting, according to Seibles.

“Four people were sitting in a parked vehicle at a residence,” Seibles said, “when one of the four in the vehicle – a young man – was shot in the buttocks. We’re not sure yet just what happened in that vehicle, but officers on the scene said it appeared that the shot was discharged from inside the vehicle,” he said. “The person who we believe was the shooter fled the scene before officers arrived.”

A woman at the scene said one man sped off in a second (burgundy) vehicle and another man left in a third (white) vehicle.

The gunshot victim drove himself to the emergency room and the fourth man accompanied him.

Seibles said he does not know yet if the two Chatham Forest shootings were related, but said the incident is still being investigated by the WDPS.

Third Shooting

The most recent shooting occurred at about 2:20 Tuesday morning, this time in the 400 block of Vanderhorst Street.

When officers arrived, a woman told them that a dark colored Oldsmobile had driven past the home three times and on the third time, opened fire on the house, shooting several times, the incident report stated.

While the victim in the home stated that no one was hit or injured, it was reported that several bullet holes were observed on the exterior of the home as well as on the interior in a dining room wall.


  1. Patricia S Brewster says

    You forget the fourth on on sandifer Rd and winter st. A man’s truck was shot even though he wasn’t doesn’t mean it’s not worth talking about cause it happened in front of a house my granddaughter and I live in to close for comfort.

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