Two men gunned down inside home; shooter being sought

Local law enforcement gather on the scene of an apparent double homicide on North Carolina Avenue in Batesburg-Leesville. (Staff photo by Tony Baughman)


Investigators from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) are probing for answers in the shooting deaths of two men Friday night inside a home on North Carolina Avenue in Batesburg-Leesville.

Batesburg-Leesville Police responded to a report of a shooting just before 9 p.m. on this otherwise quiet side street off S.C. Highway 23 near Eastside Baptist Church and diagonally across from Tractor Supply. There, officers found the victims gunned down inside the home.

The names of the victims have not yet been released pending notification of next of kin. No suspect in this brutal shooting has been identified at this time, according to Batesburg-Leesville Police Chief Wallace Oswald, who was among the massive law enforcement presence on-scene at the shooting. Witnesses were being interviewed in the search for leads in the case.

In addition to SLED and Batesburg-Leesville Police, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher and personnel from the Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department also responded to the scene.

The Twin-City News will share more information on this ongoing murder investigation as it becomes available through law enforcement authorities.

Story by Tony Baughman/ Posted October 12, 2019