A security guard was killed over the weekend, in the second nightclub shooting in a week in Richland County.
And investigators said it happened because the man refused to let the suspects inside the club because of improper identification.
So far, Richland County Sheriff’s deputies have not been able to identify the four suspects who killed Mr. Jimmy Moti, of West Columbia.
And on Monday they released a surveillance video, hoping it will spark some viable leads to the whereabouts of the suspects and their identities.
The shooting happened between 11:30 p.m. and midnight on Saturday at the El Toro Bar and Grill at 806 St. Andrews Road, Sheriff Leon Lott said.
Three men attempted to enter the nightclub, but when the victim questioned one of the men’s identification a fight broke out, Sheriff Lott said.
“As the three suspects left in a black, older model Mercury Marquis they fired shots at the victim, striking him in the upper body,” Sheriff Lott said.
Mr. Moti died during surgery from a gunshot wound to the stomach Sunday morning at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital.
The weekend before Mr. Moti’s shooting, bouncer Mr. Gawayne A. Franklin, 25, was fatally shot in the head at Mr. Lucky’s nightclub on Seminole Road.
That shooting happened after Franklin argued with a club patron.
Mr. James Kevin Bethel Jr., 22, and his cousin Mr. Ernest Bethel, 19, have been charged with murder in Mr. Franklin’s death.
Anyone with information on the most recent shooting is asked to call Crimestoppers at (888) 274-6372, or text “TIPSC plus your message” to CRIMES (274637). Your tip could earn you a cash reward of up to $1000.
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