Man killed outside motorcycle business in Richland County SC

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Two men have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a shooting Thursday that killed one person and injured four others outside a motorcycle dealership, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.

The incident happened in the Capital City Cycles parking lot at 7810 Two Notch Road around 4 p.m. Thursday, according to the sheriff’s department.

One man died at the scene, the other four were taken to local hospitals.

Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford said the name of the deceased was Charles E. Lilly, 55, of Beech Island.

“We are working with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department to fully investigate this matter,” Rutherford said in a statement.

Two men remained in the hospital Friday morning, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Their conditions were unknown.

Deputies “responded to multiple reports of gunshots” and were dealing with a “very large crime scene,” a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department said Thursday night. The department said Friday it believed an argument between several people had escalated, leading to the shooting outside Capital City Cycles.

Police have arrested and charged two men for their alleged involvement.

Kristopher Wheat, 36, was charged with obstruction of justice after being released from hospital, the sheriff’s department said.

James Hill, 58, was charged with first-degree assault by the mob.

Both men were imprisoned at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. The sheriff’s department said more charges could follow.

“We believe this is an isolated incident and do not believe there is a danger to the community,” the department said in a statement.

Capital City Cycles is located where Interstate 77 crosses Two Notch Road. The busy intersection includes many hotels, restaurants, and at least one church.

Capital City Cycles on its website describes itself as “a family-owned, operated motorcycle dealership with over 20 years of experience in the motorcycle industry. We have one of the largest motorcycle inventories in the world, including over 400 used Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

This story was originally published March 11, 2021 9:56 p.m.

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