The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Shot is fired
at gas station
A man said he was at an Evans gas station late Saturday when another man shot at him.
The 26-year-old man said he was walking toward the entrance of the TPS on Evans to Locks Road at Columbia Industrial Boulevard about midnight when he was confronted by a stranger who asked, “Are you good?” The man said he replied, “Yes, are you good?” The stranger reached into a black Chrysler 300, grabbed a handgun and pointed it at him. The stranger fired a shot at him, so the man said he ran into nearby woods.
A passerby told deputies that he was driving past the gas station when he heard a loud noise and saw two men running across the parking lot. He turned around and went to the store, where the man’s friend said someone had just shot at them.
A patron following the man into the store said he heard a brief altercation and saw the stranger pull and fire a silver handgun. Another witness told deputies a similar story.
The store clerk said he was behind the counter and heard a bang similar to a firecracker. She walked to the entrance and the glass store front began to shatter. The clerk called 911 and went into the parking lot.
The stranger left before deputies arrived.
Home invader wounds man
A Harlem man said he was shot late Sunday by someone trying to force himself into his home.
The 33-year-old man said a man with a black mask tried to force his way through the front door at about 11:30 p.m. The man said he stopped the door with his foot and saw the masked man holding a handgun. As he turned, the masked invader shot him in the arm then left in a white Ford Expedition.
Three other people at the house said they did not see or hear anything until the man came in holding his arm and said he’d been shot.
The group waited about 15 minutes before calling authorities. Deputies found blood in the bathroom where the man tried to stop the bleeding. They also found a hole, possibly from a bullet, in the wall in a hallway. The man was transported to a hospital for treatment.
A Martinez woman called deputies Saturday after she realized she’d been scammed out of $300.
The 23-year-old woman said she got a phone call Friday from someone who identified himself as Austin Thompson.
He said the woman was approved for a $5,000 loan to pay off her bills and all she had to do was pay a processing fee.
The caller told the woman to get a $200 Green Dot card, then give him the numbers off the card so he could process her loan. She also gave the caller her checking account number so he could deposit the $5,000 into her account.
After completing the transaction, the woman said she spoke to a female representative of the company who said she needed to get another $100 card, which she did, to cover the rest of the processing fee.
The woman said she never received the promised $5,000. When she looked the number the callers called from on the Internet, the woman said she realized she’d been scammed by a company called Pay Day Loan out of Sacramento, Calif.
The woman contacted Green Dot and her bank.
used in scam
A Columbia County woman told authorities Friday that someone used her driver’s license number to buy cold medicine.
The 41-year-old woman said she tried to buy Mucinex DM at the Wal-Mart outside Grovetown at about 1 p.m., but the pharmacist told her she’d already reached her monthly limit of pseudoephedrine.
The woman said she hasn’t purchased any medications containing pseudoephedrine and has had her drivers license for the entire month.